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Meningioma Overview

What is a meningioma?
A person with a meningioma has a benign growth of cells in the brain or spinal cord that forms a tumor. Benign tumors are growths of abnormal cells that have formed a mass. Benign tumors are not cancerous because they do not spread to other areas of the body. Meningiomas can place pressure against the brain or spinal cord, causing the brain or cord to malfunction. The cause of meningioma is unknown.

What are the symptoms of a meningioma?
Symptoms depend on the location of the meningioma. Symptoms may include chronic headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, loss of memory, and difficulty walking. Other symptoms include localized numbness or weakness, change in vision, and seizures.

How does the doctor treat a meningioma?
The treatment for a meningioma depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. Treatment for meningioma may include anticonvulsant medications, oral corticosteroids, radiation therapy, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Meningioma References
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