Tumors of the skull base with intracranial and extracranial components pose special access problems. Traditional craniotomy and extensive external incisions produce morbidity that can be avoided in properly selected cases. Current surgical techniques extend previously described operations to allow good visualization and safe resection through the face for certain intracranial tumors. Meticulous attention to surgical techniques and wide exposure for complete tumor visualization are essential to ensure the safety of these procedures.
(C) 1988, The American Journal of Otology, Inc.