Based on his conversation with the neurosurgeon, Dr. Brent Senior knew the patient sitting before him suffered from a non-hormone-producing tumor lodged at the base of the skull. The man endured not only extreme headaches, but as the tumor continued to grow and press against the optic nerve his vision was also fading. Surgical removal of the mass was the only option.
Senior, Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery and Chief of the UNC School of Medicine Division of Rhinology, Allergy and Sinus Surgery, has successfully completed similar procedures in his operating room in Chapel Hill with a neurosurgeon at his side. But he wasn't in Chapel Hill. He was in Vietnam, and the local neurosurgeon wasn't going to scrub in.