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Types of Craniotomy

Acoustic Neuromas (Vestibular Schwannomas)
Acoustic Neuromas (Vestibular Schwannomas)

If an acoustic neuroma is present, the tumor will soak up more dye than normal brain tissue and appear clearly on the scan. The MRI commonly shows a densely "enhancing" (bright) tumor in the internal auditory canal. Treatment for Acoustic Neuromas (Vestibular Schwannomas) These tumors can often be removed completely with surgery.

Biopsy
Biopsy

A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain. Specialized tools are used to remove the section of bone called the bone flap. The bone flap is temporarily removed, then replaced after the brain surgery has been done.

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Endonasal Endoscopy (Endonasal Endoscopic Surgery)
Endonasal Endoscopy (Endonasal Endoscopic Surgery)

The Endoscopic Endonasal Approach is a minimally invasive surgical approach to the skull base that was refined and is performed at UPMC by a multidisciplinary surgical team to remove skull base brain tumors and lesions through the nose.

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Meningiomas
Meningiomas

Craniotomy Procedure Surgery is usually the most effective approach for the treatment of meningiomas that are aggressive or cause symptoms. A craniotomy is a surgical procedure that involves opening up the skull in order to remove the tumor.

Metastatic Brain or Spine Tumors
Metastatic Brain or Spine Tumors

Metastatic brain tumors (also called secondary brain tumors) are caused by cancer cells spreading (metastasizing) to the brain from a different part of the body. The cancer cells break away from the primary tumor and travel to the brain, usually through the bloodstream, then commonly go to the part of the brain called the cerebral hemispheres or to the cerebellum.

MRI-Guided Laser Ablation
MRI-Guided Laser Ablation

MRI-guided laser ablation is a procedure for brain tumors that is less invasive than traditional brain tumor surgery involving craniotomy.

Neuroendoscopy
Neuroendoscopy

Minimally Invasive Neuroendoscopy What is a neuroendoscopy? Neuroendoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure in which the neurosurgeon removes the tumor through small holes (about the size of a dime) in the skull or through the mouth or nose.

Skull Base Tumors
Skull Base Tumors

This article offers an overview of tumors that develop at the skull base and their ... Skull base tumors can be classified ... When craniotomy is ...