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Doctor insights on: Skull Base

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Is there major vascular flow at the skull base?

Is there major vascular flow at the skull base?

Yes: The carotid arteries, basilar arteries and jugular veins enter and exit at the skull base. ...Read more

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How much time is skull base neuro-surgery fellowship?

1-2 years: The skull base fellowship after the seven-year neurosurgery residency can be one or two years in duration. For more details, visit http://www.aans.org/Grants%20and%20Fellowships/Fellowship%20Directory.aspx ...Read more

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Why doesn't entrapped nerves in the skull base forament show in the mri?

Why doesn't entrapped nerves in the skull base forament show in the mri?

Merely resolution: Mri shows larger lesions, but due to the size of many nerves, may not be accurate enough to image. Also, some nerves are mildly entrapped and images do not catch these. But not always case, as often the images do visualize the nerve problem. Matter of angles and cut width. Your doctor should be able to explain in detail. ...Read more

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Can you visualize in the MRI views if the cranial nerves are encroaching in the skull base foramen?

Can you visualize in the MRI views if the cranial nerves are encroaching in the skull base foramen?

MRI of cranial nerve: Mri can visualize the origins of the cranial nerves. As the nerves exit the brainstem and enter various canals and foramina, they become smaller and a bit more difficult to visualize directly. Not entirely sure what you mean by "encroaching in" the skull base foramen, but there can be direct/indirect findings on MRI if there is a problem with a cranial nerve at the skull base. ...Read more

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At the skullbase: there is presence of signal void in carotid and basilar arteries at the level of skull base. What does this mean?

At the skullbase: there is presence of signal void in carotid and basilar arteries at the level of skull base. What does this mean?

Magnetic Resonance: You had an MRI and the machine could not get an accurate picture of the carotid and vertebral arteries where they enter the skull from your neck. It's all just technical language that means the radiologist could not see that particular portion of the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Localized spinal pain, shoulder blade height, that radiates up to neck and skull base, making head turning painful for past 5 mths. What can it be?

Localized spinal pain, shoulder blade height, that radiates up to neck and skull base, making head turning painful for past 5 mths. What can it be?

Trapezius muscle pai: Trapezius muscle pain with spasm. Are you sleeping on only one side? Do you do a repetitive job? You need a mild muscle relaxant and a good massage. Physical therapy will help you strengthen the muscles that are weak. Warm compresses and stretching will help as well. Good luck! feel better. ...Read more