Sinus/Skull base tumor removal

Tumors that affect the sinuses and/or skull base are not common. However, there are a wide variety of these types of tumors, including:

  • Benign soft-tissue tumors
  • Bony tumors
  • Vascular tumors
  • Nerve tissue tumors
  • Cancerous tumors

These tumors can cause a variety of non-specific symptoms, which can make them difficult to diagnose. These non-specific symptoms may include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal drainage
  • Sinus infection
  • Facial pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Vision changes
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Patients with these symptoms should be evaluated, and often, imaging tests are ordered to help make the diagnosis. Once a tumor is diagnosed, a tissue biopsy is often recommended, and additional testing may be needed. Once the specific type of tumor has been determined, treatment recommendations can be made. Depending on the type of tumor, this may include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.

The process of diagnosing these tumors and determining treatment options is often complex, and may require expertise from physicians from a variety of specialties, including:

  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Radiation oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neuroradiology
  • If surgery is required, there are a variety of techniques that can be utilized, depending on the type of tumor, where it is located, and what critical structures may be involved. Currently, many benign and cancerous tumors can be removed endoscopically through the nose without the need for external incisions. Sometimes, an external facial/scalp incision is required for certain tumors in order for the surgeon to be able to access the tumor.

    At the Raleigh Capitol Sinus and Allergy Center, our experienced surgeons will promptly evaluate your condition with care and compassion. After the appropriate testing and consultations with other specialists if needed, we will discuss your case and treatment options with you. If surgery is needed, our surgeons will use the latest techniques to safely and effectively perform your surgery. For an appointment, contact us.

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