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The skull base consists of several bones that form the bottom of the head and the bony ridge behind the eyes and nose. There are several different types of tumors that can develop in this area, and if they grow large enough to exert pressure on the brain, they can cause troublesome symptoms. Dr. Sina Rajamand and his team at Battle Born Brain and Spine offer skilled and experienced treatment for skull base tumors for patients throughout Reno and Carson City, Nevada.

Skull base tumors can grow deep into the skull and present challenges for removal due to their close proximity to critical nerves and blood vessels. The various types can develop in numerous ways and speeds, and each presents its own set of challenges and risks. Common skull base tumors can include:

  • Olfactory neuroblastoma (esthesioneuroblastoma)
  • Paranasal sinus cancer
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Rathke’s cleft cyst
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Chondroma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Epidermoid tumor
  • Meningioma
  • Encephaloceles
  • Hemangiopericytomas
  • Skull base osteomas

These and other skull base tumors can be diagnosed with advanced CT and MRI imaging, bone scans and PET scans. These tests are also used to type and evaluate the tumor to determine the best form of treatment. Symptoms vary widely according to the type of tumor and its location.

Carson City Cranial Base Surgery

In most cases (approximately 90%), skull base tumors can be treated with endoscopic nasal surgery. Dr. Rajamand accesses the tumor through the patient’s nose and nasal cavity without the need for visible incisions. In other cases, he can still use minimally-invasive neurosurgical techniques to access and remove skull base tumors. Other forms of cranial base surgery include retro-sigmoid craniotomy (keyhole brain surgery) and supra-orbital “eyebrow” craniotomy. These approaches require a small incision behind the ear or in the eyebrow to access the skull and tumor.

Dr. Rajamand is a highly-skilled and experienced neurosurgeon who works with an exceptionally talented team at Battle Born Brain and Spine. They can diagnose and treat various forms of skull base tumors for patients in Reno and Carson City with care and precision. Contact Dr. Rajamand today to schedule an exam and consultation for cranial base surgery to remove skull base tumors.