Brain Meningioma

A meningioma is a tumor that develops in the membranes that cover your brain. If the meningioma grows inward, it may put pressure on brain tissue, nerves and blood vessels. If it grows outward, it can press against the skull. Meningiomas may be noncancerous (benign) or, rarely, cancerous (malignant).

Overview

Symptoms

Meningiomas are most common in older women. Sign and symptoms of a brain meningioma may be hard to notice, depending on where the tumor is. 

If you have a brain meningioma, you may experience:

  • Balance problems
  • Muscle jerking
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Changes in your ability to smell
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of your body

Diagnosis

To diagnose a brain meningioma, you’ll begin by meeting with your doctor for a physical exam. You’ll talk about your symptoms, and your doctor may test your motor skills and senses. Your doctor will likely order imaging tests, such as an MRI or a CT scan.

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Treatment Options

Dr. Amin Kassam, Aurora’s Vice President of Neurosciences, explains the Expanded Endonasal Approach.

If you have a brain meningioma, your Aurora neurosurgical team, including the experts at the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute (ANII), will work with you to determine the best treatment for your needs. 

Treatment will depend on your tumor’s size, location, and rate of growth. It may include:

  • Ongoing monitoring by your doctor 
  • Standard surgery to remove the tumor
  • The Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), a minimally invasive procedure in which the tumor is removed through the nasal passages, resulting in no incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

If necessary, your doctor may recommend additional treatments, including:

  • Chemotherapy, a process that uses cancer-fighting drugs to stop the growth of tumors.
  • Radiation therapy, a process that destroys cancer cells and prevents more from growing.
  • CyberKnife® radiosurgery, a non-invasive, robotic system that delivers high radiation doses to tumors with pinpoint accuracy.


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