What Types Of Brain Tumours Is Supra-Orbital Or Eyebrow Craniotomy Used To Treat?

by Manya Verma Health care and lifestyle


Supra-orbital craniotomy, also known as eyebrow craniotomy, is a procedure used to remove brain tumors. Due to the fact that a small incision (1.5 – 2 cm x 2.5 cm) is made within the eyebrow to access tumors in the front of the brain or around the pituitary gland, it is popularly called eyebrow craniotomy. The procedure, according to a neurologist in Darbhanga dealing with brain tumour treatment in Darbhanga, is used instead of endonasal endoscopic surgery when a tumor is very large or close to the optic nerves or vital arteries.

The neuro specialist also explains that the supraorbital eyebrow approach is useful for many patients with meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas and other tumors near the optic nerves and pituitary gland, as well as gliomas and metastatic brain tumors in the frontal and temporal lobes.

Benefits of Supra-Orbital Craniotomy

The procedure is a minimally invasive procedure which allows a more direct approach to the brain tumours. As such, patients recover well and have good cosmetic outcomes long term. The benefits of the procedure, as compared to other such procedures, include:

·         Less pain than open craniotomy

·         Faster recovery than open craniotomy

·         Minimal scarring

·         Less trauma to the brain and critical nerves

·         Reduced risk of neurological damage

·         Fewer side effects

·         Improved quality of life

Types of Brain Tumours Treated With Supra-Orbital Craniotomy

A leading neuro surgeon India who works at a super-speciality hospital in Darbhanga, says that supra-orbital craniotomy may be performed to treat the following types of brain tumours:

·         Rathke Cleft Cysts: Rathke cleft cysts (RCCs) are benign (non-cancerous) fluid-filled growths that develop between the parts of the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. They are rare and develop while a foetus is growing in the womb, although they are not usually diagnosed in kids. Rather, they are most often found in adults during an MRI scan. If Rathke cleft cysts become large enough, they can cause vision changes or various problems with the pituitary gland's normal processes.

·         Skull-base tumours: Skull base tumors most often grow inside the skull but occasionally form on the outside. They can originate in the skull base as a primary tumor or spread there from a cancer elsewhere in the body as a metastatic brain tumor.

Some types of pituitary tumours: A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth in the pituitary gland. Pituitary tumors that make too many hormones will cause other glands to make more hormones. That will cause symptoms related to each of the specific hormones. They can also press against the nearby optic nerves which can cause vision problems.

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