The UCLA Brain Tumor Program treats all forms of brain tumors, including rare conditions such as skull base tumors. From renowned skull base surgeons to incision-less stereotactic radiosurgery, we offer the best possible care.
Skull base tumors form in the area under the brain and the bottom part of the skull. Most of these tumors are noncancerous (benign). However, their close proximity to nerves and major blood vessels can put you at risk for life-threatening complications.
Your skull base is made up of multiple bony structures on which your brain sits. It includes the area behind your eyes and nose and forms the bony ridge in the back of your head.
As one of the nation’s leading brain tumor programs, UCLA specializes in treating skull base tumors. Our team of world-class brain tumor imaging experts uses advanced techniques to create three-dimensional images of your brain. Doing so ensures you receive the most accurate diagnosis and precise treatments.
Your care may include new treatments and techniques that are not yet widely available. Our recent partnership with House Clinic makes UCLA one of the nation's leading skull base disorder research centers. Learn more about research and clinical trials.
We don’t know exactly what causes skull base tumors. However, some people face a higher risk for developing skull base tumors than others. This situation is especially true if you have certain genetic conditions, such as neurofibromatosis-2 (a type of neurofibroma).
As the tumor grows, it puts pressure on your nerves or blocks the flow of fluid around your brain. Depending on the tumor’s size and location, this can cause a range of symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
Different types of brain tumors can cause similar symptoms. Some people experience symptoms similar to a brain tumor when in fact they are experiencing a central nervous system disorder, such as a stroke. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to visit the UCLA Neurology Clinic so you can receive an accurate diagnosis.
You may receive one or more tests, including:
Learn more about diagnosis and imaging.
UCLA delivers the best available treatments with a level of accuracy that few centers can match.
You may receive one or more types of treatment:
Drawing from our broad range of treatments, we use a team approach to determine the best therapies for you and in what order you should receive them.