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A new approach to treating brain tumors at Rush

An innovative, minimally invasive procedure allows surgeons at Rush University Medical Center to access and remove brain tumors through the nose.

While traditional open surgery requires cutting large holes in the skull, transnasal surgery leaves no scars and offers patients a shorter hospital stay and potentially fewer complications.

A neurosurgeon and a head and neck surgeon are guided by a computerized mapping system and an endoscope, a rigid tube that carries a light source and a minicamera. The camera images are magnified on a screen, which shows the surgeons exactly where to thread the tiny surgical instruments. The tumor is then removed through the nostril.

The procedure can be used for most tumors located where the skull joins the nose or spine.

Brain Tumor Clinic
at Rush

The Brain Tumor Clinic at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors. At Rush, patients have access to the latest diagnostic and treatment options, from stereotactic radiosurgery to minimally invasive brain and skull base surgery that can be performed without incisions and that requires only a short hospital stay.

For more information visit the Brain Tumor Clinic home page.

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