Nasal tumors, though rare, may be benign or malignant and vary in location and size. A nasal tumor may be the cause of one-sided nasal obstruction, bleeding and loss of smell.
Pituitary adenoma and inverting papilloma are the most common types of benign tumors that can be removed endoscopically through the nose. Malignant tumors in the nose include esthesioneuroblastoma (olfactory neuroblastoma), squamous cell carcinoma, lymphoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, juvenile angiofibroma and mucosal melanoma. These tumors may be approached endoscopically through the nasal passageway. Intracranial tumors such as meningiomas, chordomas, plasmacytomas and craniopharyngiomas can also be addressed endoscopically. Our head and neck surgeons collaborate with neurosurgeons in the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery and Endoscopic Skull Base Center in the treatment of intracranial tumors.
Extended endoscopic approaches also can be used for drainage of the petrous apex granulomas.