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Meningioma In Children
Yes: All abnormal growths in the brain are serious. A meningioma is brain tumor that can vary from very mild to very severe. Some are very slow growing and depending on the patient's age and risks for surgery "might" not be removed. Most are removed, simply because the earlier one can be removed the less the chance it could grow so big as to kill someone. That is too simplistic an answer. ...Read more
2: The majority of meningiomas are classified at grade 1 or benign by the world health organization criteria. If there are features of more aggressive nature on the pathology slides it can be classified as a grd 2 or atypical. The carry a higher incidence of recurrence. ...Read more
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
Not known: The cause for most tumors in humans are not known or obvious. It is simply an error of cell growth and cell division which leads to excess of cell production which results in formation of abnormal growths/tumors. ...Read more
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
Depends: That is dependent upon its location.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could meningioma that have not shown a growth in size during the past 4 months be left untrested?
Should I be concerned if my 23 year old nephew was just diagnosed today with clear cell meningioma.?
No: His doctor can tell him and you that meningiomas are mostly benign tumors, yet they can sometimes reoccur. ...Read more
Please tell me, could meningioma that have not shown a growth in size during the past 4 months be left untrested?
Meningioma: If the meningioma has not been causing any symptoms and has not shown any growth then it is typically followed by MRI studies - if does not grow which can happened then you follow it - if there is evidence of growth or compression of the brain then surgery for removal would be considered. ...Read more
Is it possible for meningioma that have not shown a growth in size during the past 4 months to be left untreated?
Meningioma growth: Meningiomas in some patients are indolent tumors and may not show changes over years, even without treatment. Ask the radiologist for precise measurements of the meningioma; your MD should be doing this. I am perplexed at many of the questions posed on this site & wonder what are physicians doing for their patients, and why are not these questions being answered by the local medical doctor. ...Read more
Why is watching a small meningioma best? When is it big enough to take out? Is one that is 12 mm small enough to watch or take out?
90% of meningiomas are benign. Most grow slowly. It does not make sense to go putting a hole in your head and potentially cause a whole host of problems to remove something that is not causing and may never cause a problem.
In general, active surveillance is a good strategy.
A tumor that is producing symptoms or growing needs to come out. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
These are tumors that arise from the lining outside the brain.
They are almost always benign although some studies say up to 10% can become malignant. They start early and grow- some a little, some a lot. They are found frequently in older people without needing any treatment. Your baby may have one but unless it is large, watching it is best. ...Read more