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Meningioma Brain Tumor Recovery
Very good: The success of surgery depends largely on the location of the meningioma. Ones that are alont the convexities of the brain that are readily accessible can be removed in their entirety with minimal morbidity. Tumors at the skull base are more difficult and often require more extensive approaches. These may be associated with higher morbidity. ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
Hi I have got brain tumor (meningioma)frontal lob size 18.7mm, how much %the operation will be sucessful?
Depends: This depends on your definition of success. It is probably a near 100% chance that the surgery can be done safely and that you will have no neurologic sequelae with a small convexity frontal lobe tumor. The risks of infection are about 3-5%. The risk of recurrence depends on the extent of resection and the pathology of the tumor. Not all meningiomas are the same-some are atypical, some aggressive. ...Read more
How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.
Meningioma: The tumor becomes life threa, tening when it impinges on the breathing center of the brain. Likewise, it impinges on the crnial nerves and major blood vessels. ...Read more
How many years does a doctor follow up after removal of a non cancerous meningiona brain tumor? I'm 64. Thanks! Meningioma brain tumor
Depending on grade: It depends on the pathology report and how well the tumor came out. If yours was who grade 1 (very benign) and the surgeon removed all with attached brain membrane, follow up scan up to a few years will be plenty. Please discuss with your surgeon and follow his instruction. ...Read more
Can happen...: Can happen.......talk to your PMD for complete correlation, that may be life saver for other reasons. ...Read more
Benefits and risks: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered an extremely safe/effective treatment for depression & other disorders. However, a meningioma/other brain tumors are relative contraindications to doing ect. That said, it is not an absolute contraindication and has been done before with success. The decision is always based on benefits vs. Risks. Talk with your doctor to see if it makes sense for you. ...Read more
I have a meningomia brain tumor had it for 10 yrs. Recently I've been having sharp pains in my head. They come and go should this be a concern?
Have it checked: It is reasonable to have it checked. A meningioma may change over time. See your doctor & a brain MRI would be useful. Be sure to bring your old MRI or ct for the dr to do comparison. Symptoms from a meningioma depends on its location, whether it's over the top of the brain, in the back of the head, near the pituitary gland, over the olfactory nerves, or near some other nerves or tight location. ...Read more
What would cause me to feel real shaky inside. I don't drink a lot of caffeine. I do have a meningomia brain tumor had it for 10 yrs its grow minimal?
That Depends...: A general 'shakiness' can be due to weakness, or it could represent a metabolic condition unrelated to your tumor. Some meningiomas are benign and barely grow over decades, but some can cause irritation to the surface of the brain around them. I would have a thorough medical evaluation and a follow-up MRI to see which this could be. ...Read more
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In general, a meningioma is a very slow growing tumor and this is unlikely to all of a sudden happen. Other issues can cause these symptoms (they are relatively non-specific). In theory, I can imaging a scenerio where a mengioma causes an endocrinopathy, and this happens, but that is a major stretch.
I would have a very experienced internist evlaluate you and perhaps do some tests. ...Read more
I have a brain tumor meningomia it's on the ocatmotor nerve. Today I've shap pains in my right eye. Could this be serious?
Yes: A meningioma pressing on one of your oculomotor nerves is very serious. You may have difficulty with double vision or with the ability of your pupil to react to light, if this has not happened already. The tumor's location also puts it near some major blood vessels and at the base of the brain. Likely this is a serious issue and needs to be treated. The sharp pains may or may not be related. ...Read more
I have a brain tumor meningomia it's on the oculmotor. My neuro ophthalmology said my muscle has weaken very minimal does that effect both eyes?
Nucleus or Nerve?: Meningiomas are benign tumors that can occur in the brain. They are locally invasive. Involvement of the oculomotor nucleus within the brainstem would likely affect both eyes. A lesion outside the brainstem along the route of the third nerve would affect only one eye. A neuro-ophthalmic examination would be helpful as would an MRI scan. ...Read more
I have a brain tumor on my left side (meningioma)3 CM big, 47 years old female overweight. In 2 days going to have a surgery. Complications scarying me?
Hi I have got brain tumor (meningioma)size about 18.7mm, some doctors advice me to go for surgery and one doctor advice not to go till become bigge.
Depends: Depends where it is and what structures its affecting. ...Read more
No: No. Meningiomas rarely become cancerous and tend to be found incidently at autopsy. Rarely, really big ones can cause increased intracranial pressure and have to be surgically removed. They due tend to cause seizures due to irritation on the surface of the brain. ...Read more
Brain epidermoid, is it the same as a meningioma tumor the difference between the two 3cm brain stem / 8cm front lobe?
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. ...Read more
I want to ask, I had a brain surgery I had a benign tumor it was meningioma, is that possible to show up this tumor after couple of years?
Know grade: The recurrence rate of a meningoma depends upon its WHO GRADE. If the original meningoma was Grade I recurrence is lower 25% and if it was Grade III recurrence rate can be as high as 90%. Check out what your specific Grade was and your neurosurgeon can educate you about the risk for recurrence. ...Read more
Englargment of the anterior horn of the right lateral ventricle secondary to the brain volume loss from the resection (meningioma tumor) meaning?
The fluid in: The brain is bigger in a shift from the loss of tissue from tumor removal ...Read more
Depends on the type: Brain tumors may span the range of benign to malignant pathologies. If the tumor is benign such as a pituitary tumor or meningioma, a total cure may be achieved with surgical resection alone. Recovery may be complete depending on the location and the "collateral" injury that may ensure in reaching the tumor. Malignant brain tumors may have recovery depending on response to radiation/chemotherapy. ...Read more
Depends: Recovery from a stereotactic needle biopsy is very short, just a few days for most symptoms in most patients. Open biopsies or resections which require a craniotomy will have a longer recovery period from a larger wound, usually some weeks. Talk this over with your doctor for specific information relevant to your case. ...Read more
Need more info: It would depend on the method and location of the brain biopsy. It is a great question to ask the person performing the biopsy (a neurosurgeon) before they do so. Also ask about side effects, rules to follow after the biopsy, and when to seek medical attention for any unexpected symptoms. ...Read more
What should follow up be for 1 CM left frontal lobe meningeoma be. Tumor discovered on MRI feb. 2012 after episodes of dizzy spells. Had f/u MRI in au?
Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them. ...Read more