Meningioma, also referred to as meningeal tumors, grow in membrane cells that surround the brain and spinal cord. Although these tumors are located near the brain, they do not stem from brain tissue. Meningioma tumors are made of meninges, layers of tissue that are blanketed over the spinal cord and brain. Once they grow in size they can place pressure on the surrounding regions. They are mostly benign (non-cancerous), but some can be malignant.
Although mostly benign, meningioma can grow relatively large size before symptoms become apparent. Most symptoms appear gradually and vary depending on the affected area of the brain. Meningiomas are most commonly diagnosed in females between 30 to 50 years old.
Signs and Symptoms of Meningioma
All signs and symptoms below may occur with a malignant meningioma tumor.
- Sensory Complications
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Muscle Weakness
- Localized Symptoms
- Loss of Neurological Function
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Causes of Meningioma
Although it is unclear what causes meningiomas, it is known that there is some altering factor that causes the meninges to become a malignant tumor. Possible causes may include damaged chromosomes, genetic disorders or mutations and radiation.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Yashar will perform a short physical exam, evaluate the patient’s comprehensive medical history and proceed with any other necessary tests to diagnose the meningioma. He will perform a brain scan with an MRI or CT scan to further assess the tumor. Through a thorough scan, he will be able to identify the meningioma’s location and whether it is benign or malignant. Dr. Yashar will then create a personalized treatment plan that will effectively treat the tumor. The treatments for meningiomas depends on the location and the current state of tumor. Before the treatment, Dr. Yashar will discuss any preoperative and recovery details to educate the patient on the procedure.
Before embarking on a surgical route, Dr. Yashar will consider all possible forms of conservative of treatment. Treatment can range from observation, surgery and radiation therapy. Depending on the size of the tumor, Dr. Yashar may suggest a gamma knife radiosurgery. This procedure is a noninvasive treatment that uses radiation to treat meningiomas. If the tumor is threatening, surgery may be necessary. He may also recommend a craniotomy procedure to remove the meningioma. During this procedure, a portion of the skull near the tumor is removed to access the tumor and then replaced once the surgery is done.
Once the treatment is been completed, Dr. Yashar will closely monitor the patient’s recovery to ensure that the tumor has been properly treated. He encourages patients to use him as a resource from the consultation to the recovery.
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