Non-tumor Care

The Skull Base Center treats many conditions that affect bones, nerves and skin in the skull base area:

  • Apert's syndrome
  • Arachnoid cysts
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Cavernous angiomas
  • Cavernous malformation, cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM)
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks (CSF)
  • Craniosynostosis, Pfeiffer syndrome
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Juvenile xanthogranuloma (JXG)
  • Rosai-Dorfman Disease
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Treatment varies because these conditions are so different.

Expert Care: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks (CSF)

CSF occurs when a tear or hole in the membrane surrounding the brain allows fluid to leak, often slowly. Finding expert care is important because, while not always serious, CSF can lead to health problems including meningitis.

Vanderbilt is a leader in treating CSF, performing more surgeries in 2015 than all other Tennessee hospitals combined.

Treatment for CSF begins with a CT scan or MRI. After diagnosis, treatment may involve:

  • a shunt to remove excess fluid
  • surgical repair of the brain membrane through minimally invasive endoscopy or craniotomy

When performed in time, CSF repairs have a high rate of success.