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A 59-year-old male asked:

Brain epidermoid, is it the same as a meningioma tumor the difference between the two 3cm brain stem / 8cm front lobe?

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Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
Neurosurgery 37 years experience
More benign: Epidermoids ate slower growing are have less chance of malignant transformation than meningiomas.
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Different tumors: A brain epidermoid is a different tumor than a meningioma. That is, the pathology or cell type is distinctly different. These usually are different on imaging studies also. From your question, it seems that you are describing an epidermoid adjacent to the brain stem and a meningioma in the frontal lobe. This is consistent with the different tendencies these two tumors have to localize.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
There are other possibilities and your question leaves a lot of mystery...how long for each, for instance. Both can cause mass symptoms, More than one lesion always makes tumor source from afar a possibility.
Mar 24, 2013

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