Diagnosing skull base tumors can be more difficult because the tumor can cause other symptoms that resemble related conditions. Skull base tumors can interfere with the normal functions of the brain. Some of these tumors, such as pituitary tumors can secrete hormones that cause an imbalance.
These are some of the related conditions caused by skull base tumors:
- Chronic sinus infection symptoms
- Blurry/double vision or loss of vision
- Numbness in the teeth
- Bulging eyes
- Changes in mental status
- Ear pain
- Endocrine problems (diabetes/hormone regulation)
- Paralysis of the nerves/muscles in the face
- Respiratory changes
- Personality changes
- Cushing’s disease
These are just a few of the related conditions. Medical diagnosis is the only way to know if a patient’s symptoms are caused by a skull base tumor.