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A 45-year-old member asked:

saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called cavernous sinus tumor. what is that?

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Dr. John Oro
Dr. John Oro answered
Neurosurgery 43 years experience
A skull base tumor: The cavernous sinus is a large vein sinus draining venous blood from the brain. It is located on the base of the skull just behind each eye. The sinus contains important nerves for eye movement (the third and fourth cranial nerves), and for facial sensation (the first and second branches of the fifth cranial nerve). It also surrounds the carotid artery. Different tumors can grown within the sinus.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Also, the first and second branch of Vth nerve also pass through the sinus.
Jun 11, 2012
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
The cavernous: Sinus location is exactly as dr oro defines, it can be affected by infectio, extrinsic masses (pituitary tumors, meningiomas, aneurysm). The cranial nerves moving the eye (iii, IV but not vi, and two branches of the vth nerve pass through it, and their functional loss is what brings it to attention!

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is a cavernous sinus tumor?

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Dr. Moonyoung Chung
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Cavernous tumor: Various tumors may affect the cavernous sinus such as meningiomas, schwannomas, invasive pituitary tumors, chordomas.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: cavernous sinus tumor?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Various tumor types: The cavernous sinus is a venous sinus on both sides of the pituitary fossa, a complex area wherein the cranial nerves controlling eye movements, facial sensation/movement pass. The carotid artery also passes through this area. There are a variety of tumor types that can arise in this area ranging from benign/slow growing tumors-meningiomas /schwannomas to metastatic cancers. Treatment varies.

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