Skull Tumor

This young woman noticed a lump forming on the back of her head that gradually enlarged over several months. Her CT scan showed a tumor in the skull. We also did an MRI that showed the tumor.

We removed the tumor by making an incision over the area, making cuts around it, and removing it as one piece. The riskiest part of the surgery was the proximity to the superior sagittal sinus, a large venous structure along the midline of the brain.

The diagnosis was an primary intraosseous cavernous hemangioma. This is a rare, non-cancerous tumor that is typically slow growing. Unfortunately she has another spot behind her eye in the sphenoid bone that we are monitoring for now.

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