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Brain Tumors Removed Through Nose, Mouth

Tumors growing at the base of the skull, next to vital structures such as the optic nerve or carotid artery, are notoriously difficult to remove. Operations historically required making large incisions in the head or face and cutting away bone and other tissue. But doctors at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center are removing them without leaving visible scars. For almost two years, a team there has been removing tumors through the nose, maneuvering tools through the sinuses and back to the base of the skull. Dr. Daniel Prevedello, director of Ohio State’s minimally invasive cranial surgery program, and Dr. Enver Ozer are quoted.

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