An acoustic neuroma, or vestibular schwannoma, usually grows slowly or not at all. However, in a few cases, it may grow rapidly and become large enough to press against the brain.
The pituitary gland is in the skull, below the brain and above the nasal passages. Tumors of the pituitary gland or in the area around it can affect hormone production or press upon the brain.
Meningiomas are typically benign tumors that can occur anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. When when they occur at the base of the skull, it can affect brain and nerve function.
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