Skull base tumors are some of the most challenging, complex and technically demanding tumors to treat. The Center for Cranial Base Surgery at Penn Medicine is the Philadelphia region's premier center for the evaluation and treatment of tumors of the head, neck and face, as well as other complex skull base disorders.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Cranial Base Surgery

Penn Medicine's world-renowned neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, (ear, nose and throat surgeons), radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists provide the best medical, surgical, and therapeutic approaches to cranial base surgery. Penn physicians bring new hope to patients through their treatments for both benign and malignant tumors in the skull base, sinuses and brain.

Penn Medicine is a pioneer in the development of innovative and minimally invasive surgical procedures and state-of-the-art imaging. With the advent of these procedures, many of these tumors, previously inaccessible, can now be successfully treated.

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Skull Base Tumors

The Penn Center for Cranial Base Surgery is backed by the most extensive, state-of-the-art neurodiagnostic imaging facilities in the region. Resources include:

  • Neuroradiologic mapping that produces highly precise clinical imaging of advanced tumors within the central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (rest of the body) nervous system.
  • Interventional angiography to define critical blood vessel structure and decrease blood loss during certain vascular procedures.
  • Cranial nerve monitoring during surgery to identify and preserve vision, hearing, balance and facial expressions, as well as speech and swallowing
  • Intraoperative computer-assisted navigation to identify the precise location of tumors in relation to surrounding vital tissues

In This Section

Treatments and Procedures

We offers the latest therapeutic approaches for benign and malignant tumors in the skull base, sinuses and brain.

Patient Stories

Hear the stories of patients who Penn Medicine has treated through cranial base surgeries.

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