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Center for Cranial Base Tumors

The Loyola Center for Cranial Base Tumors utilizes the skills of highly specialized surgeons in the removal of extensive tumors of the head, neck and brain. This multidisciplinary approach allows the safe and complete removal of cranial base tumors and lesions that might otherwise have been considered inoperable.

We strive to coordinate diagnosis, surgery techniques and other therapies in order to achieve the best possible outcome for your condition. These options may include state-of-the-art neuroradiology, intra-operative microscopic and laser techniques, including endoscopic cranial base surgery and use of a fully equipped speech and swallowing laboratory.

We seek involvement from your referring physician to plan your treatment and follow-up care. Once you have completed treatment and rehabilitation, we aim to return you to the care of your referring physician.

We treat the following malignant and nonmalignant tumors:

  • Acoustic neuromas and other nerve origin tumors
  • Astrocytoma
  • Brain metastases
  • Chondromas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Chordomas
  • Epidermoid tumors
  • Esthesioneuroblastomas
  • Gliomas
  • Glioblastomas
  • Glomus tumors and other paragangliomas
  • Lower cranial neuromas
  • Meningiomas
  • Olfactory groove tumors
  • Osteosarcomas
  • Parotid and salivary gland tumors
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Temporal bone cancers
  • Sinus malignancies
  • Squamous cell carcinomas

We also treat nonneoplastic lesions and cranial nerve conditions such as:

  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Brain abscesses
  • Cerebrospinal fluid fistulae
  • Dermoids
  • Encephalocoeles
  • Fibrous dysplasias
  • Graves ophthalmopathies
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex skull fractures
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and other facial neuralgias

We have expertise in the following procedures and approaches:

  • Anterior cranial fossa
  • Craniofacial resection
  • Endoscopic pituitary
  • Transsphenoidal
  • Transmaxillary
  • Transclival
  • Transoral
  • Middle cranial fossa
  • Orbitocraniozygomatic
  • Extended middle fossa
  • Preauricular infratemporal
  • Anterior petrosectomy
  • Transzygomatic
  • Lateral facial disassembly
  • Posterior cranial fossa
  • Translabyrinthine
  • Transcochlear
  • Transpetrosal
  • Retrosigmoid
  • Postauricular infratemporal fossa
  • Transcondylar

Center for Cranial Base Tumors Specialists