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Tumors that occur in the sinuses or skull base are not very common. While sinus and skull base tumors are a rare case, there’s a variety of tumors that can occur, including:

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

Sinus/Skull Base Tumor Symptoms

These tumors can be difficult to diagnose since they can cause a wide array of symptoms that are non-specific to sinus tumors. This means that the symptoms present with sinus tumors also occur in many other conditions, like sinus infection, fever, cold, etc. Some of these symptoms include:

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

Sinus/Skull Base Tumor Removal

Patients who experience these symptoms should be evaluated by an ENT physician who can identify the source of the problem. Imaging tests may be ordered to help make the diagnosis. If a tumor is found, it is likely that a biopsy and additional tests will be recommended. If the conclusion is a tumor, then the specific type of tumor will be diagnosed with possible additional tests. Once the type of tumor is verified, then treatments can be recommended which can be surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

There is a variety of surgical procedures to consider if surgery is required for tumor removal. Many benign and cancerous tumors can be removed with endoscopic tools which is minimally invasive and completed internally. In other cases, an external incision may be required in order to access the tumor.

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