Skull-base surgery: a perspective

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During the past decade there have been important developments in the treatment of patients with skull-base tumors. Many factors have contributed to these advances including improved diagnosis with magnetic resonance imaging, advances in interventional neuroradiology, the application of microsurgical techniques, the development of the team concept with cooperation of neurosurgeon, otolaryngologist, and plastic surgeon during surgery, improved postoperative care, and the cooperation of the radiation therapist and neurosurgeon in planning radiosurgery. We now have journals and societies specializing in the skull base, and the topic is included in the programs of most neurosurgical meetings.

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