Symptoms, Signs and Physical Examination of Patients with Skull Base Tumours

  • Gilad Horowitz
  • Dan M. Fliss
  • Ziv Gil
Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


The clinical presentation of skull base tumours (SBTs) varies greatly and relates directly to the location and growth rate of the lesion. Signs and symptoms can often be misleading and initially interpreted as being infectious or benign diseases. A major limiting factor in the treatment of SBTs is their close proximity to sensitive organs such as the brain stem, chiasm, optic nerves and spinal cord. Complete tumour resection is considered the primary treatment modality for most lesions [1]. Therefore, it is imperative to establish a diagnosis shortly after the appearance of symptoms, as late diagnosis can lead to a worsening prognosis.


Pituitary Adenoma Cranial Nerve Paranasal Sinus Nasal Obstruction Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck and Maxillofacial SurgeryTel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Head and Neck Surgery Unit, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck and Maxillofacial SurgeryTel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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