Gynecological Surgery
Gynecological Surgery

Surgical Subspecialties Institute

Skull Base Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Skull Base Tumors and Conditions

After obtaining a complete medical history and performing a thorough physical examination, one or more of the following non-invasive tests may be ordered:

  • Computerized Tomography (CT) scan: A scan which uses X-rays and computers to produce detailed images of inside the body.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan: A scan which uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of inside the body.
  • MRI Cisternography: A noninvasive scan which can detect the presence of cerebrospinal fluid and show its movement around the brain or spine in the images it produces.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/CT scan: Combining a CT scan with a PET scan, the technique produces detailed information via a 3 dimensional image.

Treatment of Skull Base Tumors and Conditions

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s skull base team provides a wide range of surgical options to our patients. Whenever possible, we offer patients minimally invasive, endoscopic endonasal approaches to skull base surgery. However, there are certain conditions when open surgery is more appropriate.

We offer patients the most advanced, technological advances in treatments, including the latest navigation systems which help us to perform a more accurate surgery and offer better outcomes to patients.

In some cases, skull base tumors need to be observed and no surgery is necessary.

Other types of tumors may need treatment with chemotherapy or radiation depending on multiple factors such as the type of tumor, its size and its location. Our skull base team discuss every treatment option with our patients so they can make an informed choice that meets their treatment and personal needs.

Meet Our Team

The highly skilled, multidisciplinary Skull Base Program team offers decades of experience in skull base surgery. The team consists of:

  • Otolaryngologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Specialist Nurses
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