Tumors of the infratemporal fossa

Rammohan Tiwari, Jasper Quak, Saskia Egeler, Ludi Smeele, Isaac Waal, Paul Valk, René Leemans*

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Abstract

Neoplastic processes involving the infratemporal fossa may originate from the tissues in the region, but more often are the result of extension from neighboring structures. Metastatic lesions located in the region are rarely encountered. Because of its concealed localization, tumors may remain unnoticed for some time. Clincial signs and symptoms often arise late, are insidious, and may be mistakenly attributed to other structures. The close proximity of the area to the intracranial structures, the orbit, the paranasal sinuses, the nasopharynx, and the facial area demands careful planning of surgical excision and combined procedures may be called for. Modern imaging techniques have made three-dimensional visualization of the extent of the pathology possible. Treatment depends on the histopathology and staging of the tumor. Several surgical approaches have been developed over the years. Radical tulor excision with preservation of the quality of life remain the ultimate goal for those tumors where surgery is indicated. Experience over a decade with various pathologies is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSkull Base Surgery
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2000

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