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What is a meningioma?

What is a meningioma?

This means it begins in the brain or spinal cord. Overall, meningiomas are the most common type of primary brain tumor. However, higher grade meningiomas are very rare. To get an accurate diagnosis, a piece of tumor tissue will be removed during surgery, if possible.

How is a MRI scan used to diagnose a meningioma?

MRI scans provide a more-detailed picture of the brain and meningiomas. In some cases, examination of a sample of the tumor (biopsy) may be needed to rule out other types of tumors and confirm a meningioma diagnosis. The treatment you receive for a meningioma depends on many factors, including:

What is the “wait-and-see” observation approach for meningioma?

The “wait-and-see” observation approach is a common strategy used for patients with incidentally diagnosed meningiomas that are small (tumor diameter ≤3 cm) and asymptomatic [111,112].

How can I find out more about meningioma support groups?

Other people with meningiomas can offer a unique perspective, so consider joining a support group — whether it’s in your community or online. Ask your health care team about brain tumor or meningioma support groups in your area, or contact the American Brain Tumor Association. Take care of yourself.

Overview A meningioma is a tumor that arises from the meninges — the membranes that surround your brain and spinal cord. Although not technically a brain tumor, it is included in this category because it may compress or squeeze the adjacent brain, nerves and vessels. Meningioma is the most common type of tumor that forms in the head.

What are the signs and symptoms of meningioma of the planum sphenoidale?

Patients with meningiomas of the planum sphenoidale and tuberculum sella often present with insidious vision loss in one or both eyes as the only sign or symptom of their disease, although other sensory, oculomotor, and even endocrine abnormalities may be seen in a minority of cases.

What is a Grade 2 atypical meningioma?

Grade I meningiomas are low grade tumors and are the most common. This means the tumor cells grow slowly. Grade II atypical meningiomas are mid-grade tumors. This means the tumors have a higher chance of coming back after being removed. The subtypes include choroid and clear cell meningioma.

What are the treatment options for Malignant meningioma?

The first treatment for a malignant meningioma is surgery, if possible. The goal of surgery is to obtain tissue to determine the tumor type and to remove as much tumor as possible without causing more symptoms for the person.

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