Parasellar tumors are growths near the part of the brain known as the sella turcica. The most common surgical treatments for parasellar tumors are craniotomy and transsphenoidal surgery; the nonsurgical treatment is stereotactic radiosurgery.
The sella turcica is a depression in the skull base where the pituitary gland resides. The hypothalamus, optic chiasm and carotid arteries are all located nearby. Parasellar tumors are a diverse group of brain tumors that share only one common trait: They arise near the sella turcica. They include, but are not limited to:
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