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About Parasellar Tumors

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:

  • Gliomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Epidermoid and dermoid cysts
  • Metastatic tumors
  • Rathke cyst
  • Chordomas and chondrosarcomas, collectively called clival tumors

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