Skull Base Surgery Research & Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of the few centers in the country performing auditory brainstem implants. The team participates in a variety of clinical trials and has numerous research publications.

Current Skull Base Clinical Trials

Utility of novel 3-dimensional stereoscopic vision system during endoscopic sinonasal and skull base surgery.
IRB# 012010-001
Principal Investigator: Pete S. Batra, M.D., FACS 
This is a prospective study evaluating the use of a novel 3D endoscopic system to improve outcomes in advanced endoscopic procedures. UTSW is one of the few centers nationally to have significant experience with this technology.

Advanced applications of intraoperative volume CT scanner for endoscopic sinonasal and skull base surgery.
IRB#: 072009-010
Principal Investigator: Pete S. Batra, M.D., FACS 
This is a prospective clinical trial that is assessing the use of intraoperative CT for sinonasal and skull base surgery. The study will help refine the indications for Intraop CT and represents one of the first national prospective trials with this technology.

Outcomes of treatment for vestibular schwannoma.
IRB# 032008-026
Principal Investigator: Walter Kutz, M.D.
This is a retrospective review of the extensive experience treating vestibular schwannomas at UTSW. All three treatment modalities, including observation, radiosurgery, and surgery are included in the analysis.

Treatment outcomes in patients with glomus jugulare tumors.
IRB# 102008-084
Principal Investigator: Walter Kutz, M.D.
This is a retrospective analysis of the UTSW experience in treating glomus jugulare tumors. The data on partial resection followed by radiosurgery was presented at the annual North American Skull Base Society Conference in New Orleans in October 2009.