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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Meningioma (Overview)

Meningiomas are 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.


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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
734 doctors shared insights

Meningioma (Overview)

Meningiomas are 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.


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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: meningioma?

Meningioma : Meningiomas arise from the meninges, the membranous layers surrounding the central nervous system. These tumors are usually benign in nature; however, a small percentage are malignant. Many meningiomas are asymptomatic and require no treatment other than periodic observation. Symptomatic meningiomas are typically treated with either radiosurgery or conventional surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more