Chondromas grow slowly and can be present for a long time without any symptoms. They are often noticed during unrelated medical procedures.
Symptoms of a chondroma may include:
In rare cases, a chondroma can turn into cancer. When it does, it’s called a chondrosarcoma. Symptoms of chondrosarcoma in the skull base include:
Your doctor will talk with you about your symptoms and perform a neurological exam. Tests to confirm diagnosis of chondroma may include:
Aurora neurosurgeons helped create the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA) to treat chondromas and chondorsarcomas of the skull base. EEA is a minimally invasive procedure in which the tumor is removed through the nasal passages, resulting in no incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than traditional brain surgery.
Your doctor may also recommend radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and prevent the tumor from growing.