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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Meningioma (Overview)

Tumors that occur in the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most of these tumors are benign, but a small percentage can be malignant. Most people with meningiomas experience no symptoms.


Dr. Larry Armstrong Dr. Armstrong
Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are the symptoms of meningioma?

What are the symptoms of meningioma?

Most have none: Most people have no symptoms at all. There are typical symptoms of brain tumors depending on the location of the tumor when the symptoms occur. These can include headache, nausea, visual changes and many more- again depending on the size and location of the tumor.

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
749 Doctors shared insights

Meningioma (Overview)

Tumors that occur in the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most of these tumors are benign, but a small percentage can be malignant. Most people with meningiomas experience no symptoms.


Dr. Sharad Rajpal Dr. Rajpal
Neurosurgery
15 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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What are the tests for meningioma?

What are the tests for meningioma?

Imaging studies: The only way to truly diagnose a meningioma is by imaging studies, of which an MRI with contrast is the most reliable. The most important thing to realize, however, is that tissue diagnosis (by way of a biopsy or resection) is the only 100% reliable way to diagnose tumor types and also helps to determine their aggressiveness (grade).

Dr. Michio Abe Dr. Abe
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What is the usual treatment for a meningioma?

Depends: You should be seen by a neurosurgeon, especially if you have any symptoms associated with it. Observation with close imaging follow-up may be approprate in select cases if asymptomatic. The usual treatment for the symptomatic meningioma include surgical resection, transarterial embolization and radiation.

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Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What are the complications involving meningioma tumours?

What are the complications involving meningioma tumours?

Meningiomas: A complex question as complications are related to location of the tumor, size of the tumor, and surgical accessibility - all of these queries should discussed with the surgeon considering the surgeon.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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How many types of meningiomas are there?

How many types of meningiomas are there?

Many: The two major types are benign and malignant. However the location of even benign tumor has serious implications.

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg Dr. Eisenberg
Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Dr. Larry Armstrong Dr. Armstrong
Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are the symptoms of meningioma?

Most have none: Most people have no symptoms at all. There are typical symptoms of brain tumors depending on the location of the tumor when the symptoms occur. These can include headache, nausea, visual changes and many more- again depending on the size and location of the tumor.

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Dr. Eric Kelts Dr. Kelts
Neurology
21 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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CT Brain shows mass prepontine cistern CPA meningioma. Symptoms consistent with diagnosis. MRI contrast show no lesion. Symptoms persist! Now what?

CT Brain shows mass prepontine cistern CPA meningioma. Symptoms consistent with diagnosis. MRI contrast show no lesion. Symptoms persist! Now what?

Very strange: Not certain what to make of the disparity between the CT scan and the MRI. In some cases, a lesion is so small that it is missed by the artifact created by the thickness of the MRI slices. I would ask your doctor if an MRI of the brainstem with "thin slices" might be reasonable to confirm/refute the CT--with and without contrast. Take care and stay healthy!

Dr. Le Wang Dr. Wang
Internal Medicine - Oncology
32 years in practice
Nanjing Medical College
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My mom 52 yrs of age with no underlying condition has been diagnosed with meningioma in left parietal lobe along the falx of the size 4.6 X 4.5 X 4 cm?

May need tx: Does your mom have symptom? Symptomatic meningioma >4cm generally requires tx. Asymptomatic meningioma > 4cm usually will be treated, or observed occationally according to the NCCN. Tx will involve surgery if accessible, followed by radiation depending on the pathology or may be radiation alone. You should see an oncologist to have a thorough review of the case and then decide.

Dr. Cesar Sturla Dr. Sturla
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena
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Brain meningioma CT scan why kidney function test?

Brain meningioma CT scan why kidney function test?

The dye: With ct scan there is an injection of a dye that could affect the kidneys. The kidney function is checked routinely because the risk of damage from the dye goes high if there is some kidney problems.

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Dr. Sharad Rajpal Dr. Rajpal
Neurosurgery
15 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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What are the tests for meningioma?

Imaging studies: The only way to truly diagnose a meningioma is by imaging studies, of which an MRI with contrast is the most reliable. The most important thing to realize, however, is that tissue diagnosis (by way of a biopsy or resection) is the only 100% reliable way to diagnose tumor types and also helps to determine their aggressiveness (grade).

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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Does anyone know anything about meningiomas?

Does anyone know anything about meningiomas?

Benign tumors: The covering of the brain is called the meninges a benign tumor of this tissue usually very slow growing is called a meningioma.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Does gincosin drug cause meningioma? Or is it safe? And what dosage do you recommend per day for improving my concentration and mental performance?

2 cases out of 20 K: Ginkgo preparations can cause seizures. Avoid the seeds and fruit (toxic) Ginseng the second component of Gincosan has been used as a medicine for over 5000 years. At age 19 it is not likely that you have a cerebral blood flow problem (in the absence of SLE or other uncommon conditions). You might consider undergoing a formal assessment done by a highly trained specialist (Behavioral Neurologist)

Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Does "calcified dural plaque versus small non-enhancing meningioma" mean it's either plaque or meningioma? I don't understand the use of "versus"

Versus a: Calcified meningioma? Its probably too small or atypical to distinguish. Second opinion from a neuroradiologist versus a neurosurgeon is suggested, versus repeating the study in 3-6 months.

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Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto Dr. Yamamoto
Neurosurgery
32 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How to treat brain meningiomas?

Several options: Depending on the size, location and symptom/age/medical condition of the patient. Some benefits from observation with repeat mri. Some benefits from special radiation, called stereotactic radiation. Some benefits from surgery. Yet, some needs both surgery and radiation. Please discuss with a neuro-surgeon to find your best option.

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum Dr. Rosenblum
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What are the medicines available to treat headaches caused by meningiomas?

They don't usually: Meningiomas are benign (not cancerous) slow growing tumors within the skull. They sometimes can get large enough to push aside normal structures. In those cases they are sometimes removed or treated with radiation. It's unlikely that the meningioma is the cause of the headache, however. You should see a doctor about the headaches.

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Dr. Claude Parola Dr. Parola
Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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I have been diagnosed with a 10. 4mm calcified left occipital meningioma how are these treated and what are my options?

Meningioma: Meningioma is not cancer, it can cause problem by putting pressure on the brain, meningiomas are removed surgically.

Dr. Michio Abe Dr. Abe
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What is the usual treatment for a meningioma?

Depends: You should be seen by a neurosurgeon, especially if you have any symptoms associated with it. Observation with close imaging follow-up may be approprate in select cases if asymptomatic. The usual treatment for the symptomatic meningioma include surgical resection, transarterial embolization and radiation.

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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My sister-in-law is suffering from meningioma, and has a vision problem. Is surgery the last option or can be cured by medicine?

My sister-in-law is suffering from meningioma, and has a vision problem. Is surgery the last option or can be cured by medicine?

No good Medicines he: Surgery is the best way to control/treat this type of tumor if it is causing any pressure symptoms, which will be size-related. How big is this tumor and has she been seen by a neurosurgeon? He/she can give you the best advice.

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