Cavernous Sinus Tumors and Aneurysms

At the CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, we have developed the most advanced treatment for cavernous sinus patients. We are one of the few places in the world where microsurgical cures for secreting pituitary adenomas of the cavernous sinus have been achieved. When you come to CHI St. Vincent, you will see a multi-disciplinary team that will provide the best treatment for you in a positive environment.

The cavernous sinus is a large channel of venous blood that creates the sinus cavity. It contains the carotid artery and several of the oculomotor nerves. The temporal bone of the skull and the sphenoid bone border it, which makes it a delicate and sensitive area. This area controls eye movement and allows your face to feel sensations.

Cavernous sinus tumors are the most common cause of cavernous sinus syndrome. Tumors can originate in this area or can spread from another location. They can also be a result of metastases often from the breast, prostate or lung. These tumors can include a variety of types of masses including:

  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Chordomas
  • Hemangiomas
  • Schwannomas

A meningioma will develop from the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. In about 90 percent of cases, they will be benign and grow very slowly. They will sometimes cause double vision, facial pain and dizziness. A pituitary adenoma can cause nerve compression and double vision.

Our team of medical experts uses microsurgical modalities to treat complex vascular lesions in and through the cavernous sinus. They can also perform endovascular procedures that will require only a small incision or puncture in an artery or vein. These complex conditions we see and treat include:

  • Cavernous sinus aneurysms
  • Paraclinoid aneurysms
  • Basilar aneurysms
  • Dural arteriovenous malformations
  • Cavernous sinus dural fistulas

For those diagnosed with cavernous sinus tumors or other conditions, there is good news. Most lesions affecting cavernous sinuses do not mean a grim prognosis. There are many different ways to approach treatment. Our team will develop a plan for the best outcome for you.

With our skilled and compassionate team at CHI St. Vincent, we assure that you will have individualized care. We realize that it can be a scary time if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one of these conditions. Rest assured we are very experienced in treating cavernous sinus conditions. Give us a call or contact us today, and we can help you get the treatment you need and get you on the road to recovery.

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