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What is Skull Base Tumor?

Since skull base tumour is rare, risk factors are hard to determine but once caught, it can be life threatening. Most Skull Base Tumours grow inside the skull but some form on the outside. The term ‘s..

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Since skull base tumour is rare, risk factors are hard to determine but once caught, it can be life threatening. Most Skull Base Tumours grow inside the skull but some form on the outside. The term ‘skull base tumour’ refers to the location of a brain tumour. A skull base tumour is an abnormal growth in the part of the brain that meets the base of the skull. The type of cancer cells can be several including both cancerous and noncancerous cells, which are hostile and tender in nature respectively. Most skull base tumours that are benign and grow slowly can cause serious damage to the mechanism of the brain because they tend to develop in a confined space of the brain. Skull base tumours originate from the neurovascular structures of the base of the brain, the cranial base itself or the subcranial structures of the head and neck.

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Skull Base Tumor
Symptoms
Symptoms

The symptoms of the skull base tumour are based on its size and how fast it grows and what part of the brain it affects. The symptoms of this tumour are not active at all. People don't experience any immediately as they begin to develop the tumour but they might be discovered incidentally. In general, the symptoms could include:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Altered sense of smell
  • Headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Hearing loss

Causes
Causes

There are no causes really known for this disease, but on account of a study researchers have found out the following conditions for the disease:

  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Retinoblastoma

Risks
Risks

The main risk factors of this disease are:

  • Radiation therapy of the head to treat an infection of the scalp.
  • Tumours of head, neck or brain.
  • Exposure to some chemicals

Prevention
Prevention

To prevent the occurrence of this disease, there are certain things one should take care of:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eliminating the usage of tobacco and alcohol

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