Skull Base Tumors

Trust the healthcare professionals at Banner Health to help develop a custom treatment plan for your skull base tumor. We’re here to help and provide answers and specialized care. 

Types of Skull Base Tumors

Skull base tumors grow at the base of the skull or below the base of the skull. Skull base tumors can grow in three areas including anterior compartment, central compartment and posterior compartment. 

Anterior compartment tumors may include:

  • Meningioma
  • Olfactory neuroblastoma
  • Paranasal sinus cancer

Central compartment tumors may include:

  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Rathke’s cleft cyst

Posterior compartment tumors may include:

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Epidermoid
  • Meningioma

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Skull Base Tumors

Similar to brain tumors, there is no definite cause for the development of skull base tumors. Risk factors for skull tumors may include chemical exposures, family history or genetic conditions and radiation therapies to the head.

Depending on the size and location, signs and symptoms for skull base tumors may vary. General symptoms for skull base tumors may include:

  • Headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea
  • Trouble with balance
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Weakness
  • Hearing problems
  • Loss of smell
  • Hormone abnormalities (weight gain, fatigue, increased thirst, increased urination)

Skull Base Tumor Diagnosis

The team at Banner Health can diagnose skull base tumors with advanced imaging technology, including:

  • MRIs
  • CT or CAT scan

Talk to your doctor about testing options to get the answers you need. After you have been diagnosed, you and your doctor can discuss skull tumor treatment options.

Skull Base Tumor Treatment

Treatment will depend on the size, location and type of skull base tumor. Talk to your doctor and neurosurgeon about treatment options like surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

With a team of experts in neurosurgery, Banner Health is ready to care for you  when you or a loved one is dealing with a tumor on the skull. Count on us to be with you at every step.