Skull Base

The Skull Base Tumor Program at Cleveland Clinic is one of only a few specialized centers across the country to offer comprehensive skull base surgery services for treating skull base tumors.

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Lesions located in or around the base of the skull are very difficult to treat surgically due to their locations. With a multi-disciplinary team approach and innovative surgical techniques, however, our experts are better able to remove deep-seated intra- and extra-cranial skull base lesions—allowing patients a better quality of life.

Surgery on skull base tumors combines the highly specialized techniques of interventional neuroradiology, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and neuroanesthesiology. The principal goal of skull base surgery is to permit access to difficult-to-reach lesions by anatomic displacement or extensive removal of the base of the skull. These techniques reduce or eliminate the need for brain retraction, thereby minimizing injury to the brain, cranial nerves, and blood vessels.

Our Skull Base Tumor Program, established in 1993, has become one of the largest benign brain tumor programs in the nation, treating over 200 new patients with meningioma and schwannomas annually.

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