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Skull Base Tumor Symptoms

Skull base tumors may not produce symptoms until they grow large. If they do have signs, they vary from person to person depending on where the tumor is and how fast it is growing.

Skull base tumor symptoms may include:

  • Pain or numbness in the face
  • Weakness in the face
  • Headache
  • Recurrent sinus problems
  • Stopped-up nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Vision loss
  • Double vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness, losing your voice
  • Difficulty swallowing and frequent choking

Having one or more of these symptoms does not mean you have a skull base tumor. But you should talk to your doctor if you have any of these signs. They may mean you have other health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with a skull base tumor, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • One of the few comprehensive skull base tumor programs in the nation
  • Sophisticated operating room technology includes image guidance and surgical robotics
  • Multi-specialty team approach to skull base tumor care
  • Range of radiation treatments including radiosurgery (Gamma Knife®), focused radiation and proton therapy
  • Specialized pathologists for accurate diagnosis of skull base tumors
  • Range of clinical trials of new treatments for skull base tumors

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