Causes and Diagnoses

Causes and Diagnoses of Skull Base Tumors

No one knows for sure what causes skull base tumors, but certain risk factors may increase the chances of developing a tumor, including:

  • Previous radiation therapy to the head
  • Chemical exposure, including arsenic, herbicides and vinyl chloride
  • Some genetic conditions

If you have symptoms that indicate a possible skull base tumor, physicians* at Northwestern Medicine use leading-edge technology to diagnose skull base tumors, including: