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What is meningioma?

What is meningioma?

Tumor in the head: Most meningiomas arise in structures that surround the brain or spinal cord. Most are benign and if a person has an intracranial mass, learning that it's a meningioma is good news for surgeon and patient. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Meningioma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can you die from meningioma?

Can you die from meningioma?

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

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What are the grades of meningioma?

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

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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 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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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 some of the tests for Meningioma?

What are some of the tests for Meningioma?

The tests for Meningioma include:: Angiography, CT of spine, CT of head, MRI of brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the main cause of meningioma?

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

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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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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

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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

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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?

Active Surveillance.: 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

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What is a calcified meningioma?

What is a calcified meningioma?

Bony-like: Meningioma is predominantly benign (~ 92%) set of tumors arising from the brain linings. They grow slowly. Some meningiomas contain cysts or calcified mineral deposits and becoming hard like a bone. ...Read more

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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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Is brain meningiomas hereditary?

Meningioma: These are benign brain tumors and are not hereditary. ...Read more

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Frenquency of MRI for calcified meningioma?

Depends: On size, location and symptoms. Your neurosurgeon should help devise a plan of follow up imaging to meet your needs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How serious is meningioma tumor?

Location: Meningiomas are mostly benign tumors and curable by resection. The seriousness depends on the location that may determine the degree of difficulty of surgical removal. ...Read more

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What does calcified meningioma mean?

Just that!: Meningiomas are almost always benign tumors arising in the meninges (covering the brain) they can enlarge over time and may calcify. ...Read more

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How long does surgery for a meningioma take?

Depends: It entirely depends upon the location of the meningioma. It may take only a few hours or can take 12 to 15 hours depending upon its location. ...Read more

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Do people with meningioma have a lot of pain?

No: Most meningioma patients have no symptoms. A few will have headaches and possibly seizures if the meningioma is large enough. They are often present for many years without difficulty and can be watched. ...Read more

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How old is too old for surgery on meningioma?

No specific age: There is no specific age cutoff for surgery. A person's underlying health and the site of the meningioma dictate whether or not surgery can or should be performed safely. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of meningioma in a baby?

What is the main cause of meningioma in a baby?

Tumor growth: 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

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How can having a benign meningioma tumor hurt you?

Depends: Even a benign meningioma can grow into a problem- pain, headaches, seizures can occur. Other symptoms may vary on the location of the tumor in the brain. ...Read more