The term “skull base” refers to various types of medical issues that are classified, relating to location, as being at or in the base of the skull. There are many different medical issues and treatments that fall under this classification. Some of these are skull base tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leak, and fibrous dysplasia. The folks who are battling these issues all have several things in common with one another. First, they all want good doctors. Second, they all want to understand their medical issue, treatments involved, and recovery processes. Lastly, they all want to live through these tragic conditions.

One of the more common of these skull base problems is the pineal tumor. The endocrine system, of which the pineal gland is a part, is one of the more complicated bodily systems to understand. This is mostly due to the vast number of chemicals this system produces, and how each of those chemicals interacts with various organs. The internet is a great place to begin your learning process. There are a ton of great resources online that will be as simple, or as technical, as you want. As always, be sure to read from multiple sources to ensure you are getting the most commonly agreed upon information.

health professionTumors in the pineal area do not always involve the pineal gland. An endodermal sinus tumor is a good example of this. However, many of these tumors affect the pineal gland, one way or another. What I mean by this is, even if the tumor is not directly involved with the pineal gland, the size and location of a tumor in the pineal area can cause pressure on the pineal gland, causing hormonal imbalances. In any of these situations, surgery is the typical treatment for a tumor, especially a malignant tumor, of the pineal area. Again, the internet is a great place to start your research; however, if you want to learn as much as possible about this sort of issue, “Fully Endoscopic Resection of Pineal Region Tumors” by Dr. Hrayr Shahinian is an excellent scholarly publication.

Fibrous dysplasia is yet another of the skull base medical problems. This condition is rather well-known. It is an issue that affects bones. If this disorder is found in the skull base region, the treatment will be considered a skull base treatment. In layperson’s terms, it is a protein abnormality which causes car-like tissues inside the bones themselves. The issue with this disorder, especially in the skull base area, is that it can cause a deformity to grow. This, in turn, can cause an unsafe environment for the brain, pineal gland, and spinal cord. Generally, if this is found to be the case, a doctor will order surgery to remove or correct the deformity.

Here are some other options for resources for those of you who are battling, or have family or friends who are battling, skull base medical issues. Dr. Hrayr Shahinian and other doctors can inform you of specialized treatments. The Skull Base Institute has a toll free number that you can find on their site, which allows patients to speak with a nurse who can answer most of their questions about skull base issues and treatments. Also, a vast amount of publications come out of UT Southwestern Medical Center. These publications cover everything from endoscopic surgeries to open-skull surgeries. Use these resource to better inform yourself of these conditions and disorders, so you can assist your doctor in making educated decisions about your treatment plan.