Causes and Diagnoses

Causes and Diagnoses of Cranial Base Tumors

Doctor looking at scan for Cranial Base Tumors

No one knows for sure what causes cranial (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 cranial base tumor, physicians* at Northwestern Medicine use leading-edge technology to diagnose skull base tumors, including:

Diagnostic Tests

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