What is Chondroma?
Chondromas are extremely rare, slow-growing tumors that arise from the cartilaginous portions of bones. In the cranial region, this includes the bones of the skull base and paranasal sinuses.
These benign (noncancerous) tumors are composed of mature cartilage.
As they grow, they may destroy bone or cause an overgrowth of bone. They also may compress the brain, but will not invade it.
Rarely, these tumors progress to chondrosarcomas, a cancerous form of chondromas.
Symptoms of chondromas may include visual disturbances.
At UPMC, the preferred surgical treatment for chondromas of the skull base and paranasal sinuses is the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA).
This innovative, minimally invasive technique uses the nose and nasal cavities as natural corridors to access hard-to-reach or previously inoperable tumors. Benefits of EEA include:
- No incisions to heal
- No disfigurement
- Faster recovery time