What is a hemangiopericytoma?
Hemangiopericytomas are rare tumors that involve the blood vessels. They are most common in the legs, pelvic area, head, neck and brain. These tumors may be benign or malignant and can spread to the bone, lungs or liver.
Most hemangiopericytomas are found in soft tissues but some occur in the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.
Symptoms of a hemangiopericytoma:
Hemangiopericytomas often are painless masses with little or no symptoms presenting.
Diagnosis of a hemangiopericytoma:
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for hemangiopericytomas may include X-ray, CT scan or MRI to determine the size and location of the tumor. Learn more about diagnosing skull base tumors.
Treatment for hemangiopericytoma:
Surgery, usually endonasal endoscopic surgery, is the most common treatment for hemangiopericytoma. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be performed after surgery. Learn more about treatment for skull base tumors.