Skull Base Chondrosarcomas: Surgical Treatment and Results

Skull Base Chondrosarcomas: Surgical Treatment and Results

Ahmad Sbaihat, Andrea Bacciu, Enrico Pasanisi and Mario Sanna

Abstract
Objective: We describe our experience in the management of patients with skull base chondrosarcoma, an uncommon neoplasm of the skull base.

Conclusion: We belive that the primary treatment for chondrosarcomas of the skull base is gross total surgical resection. We usually do not recommend radiotherapy as the primary treatment for patients with skull base chondrosarcomas; however, radiotherapy may be considered as an alternative primary treatment in selected cases in which there are serious medical contraindications to surgery, as well as in elderly patients. We reserve postoperative radiotherapy for patients with histologically aggressive tumors (grade II or III), as well as for cases of subtotal resection or recurrent tumors.