Primary intraosseous skull base cavernous hemangioma: Case report

James K. Liu K., Peter C. Burger, H. Ric Harnsberger, William T. Couldwell

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

68 Scopus citations


Primary intraosseous cavernous hemangiomas (PICHs) of the skull base are extremely rare tumors. These lesions are most common in the frontal and parietal bones of the calvarium. The authors describe a 40-year-old female who presented with progressive headaches. Serial imaging revealed a contrast-enhancing intraosseous lesion of the lateral body of the sphenoid bone and the greater wing associated with encroachment of the inferior cavernous sinus and mild posterior displacement of the cavernous carotid artery. Follow-up imaging 9 years later revealed slow growth of the lesion. The patient underwent complete excision of the PICH through an extradural frontopolar approach. Pathological examination revealed an intraosseous cavernous hemangioma. PICHs of the skull base can mimic other more common skull base lesions and thus can be difficult to diagnose preoperatively. Diagnosis is usually made at surgery. The authors review the literature regarding the clinical presentation, radiological characteristics, pathological features, and surgical management of PICHs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalSkull Base
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cavernous hemangioma
  • Intraosseous tumor
  • Skull base

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


Dive into the research topics of 'Primary intraosseous skull base cavernous hemangioma: Case report'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this