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Skull Base Surgery

"Skull base" disorders that warrant a team approach to providing optimum care include tumors of the pituitary gland, as well as tumors of the base of the skull that may be either benign or malignant. Pituitary tumors can present with symptoms that are due to compression of the optic mechanism or due to either an elevation or depression of endocrine function. Tumor mass effect can also impact the cranial nerves traveling within the cavernous sinus. This team brings together state-of-the-art expertise in minimally invasive, endoscopic approaches to skull base disorders.  A team of physicians specializing in endocrinology, ENT, ophthalmology and neurosurgery can all see a patient in one visit, allowing a treatment plan to be arrived at in a day instead of weeks and months.  This group provides New Mexicans with "one-stop shopping" that is optimum for patient care.

When indicated, members of the skull base team can turn to focused radiotherapy for tumor treatment, minimizing surgical interventions when possible.

Tumors that arise from the skull base present difficult challenges because of their proximity to vital nerves and arteries. UNM neurosurgeons belong to a multidisciplinary team that treats:

  • Tumors of Acoustic and Other Cranial Nerves
  • Chordoma
  • Meningeoma
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Metastatic Tumors
  • Epidermoid (Supra and Infratentorial)
  • Craniophyngioma
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Cerebrospinal Leak