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We’re here to help you understand your condition and prepare you for what to expect during every twist and turn of your health care journey.
Better Understand Your Meningioma Diagnosis
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a brain tumor, you’re introduced to new medical terms, treatment options and diagnostic test explanations.
We’re committed to helping you understand all there is to know about meningioma, including what it is, how it’s diagnosed, it’s symptoms and your possible treatment options.
What Is Meningioma?
Meningioma is a type of tumor that begins in the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord, called the meninges. While meningiomas aren’t technically brain tumors, they are in that category since they can put pressure on the brain or squeeze nearby nerves.
Meningiomas, which are the most common type of brain tumors, affect more women than men, especially older women. These tumors grow very slowly and may not cause any symptoms for several years. They can, however, cause serious disability, depending on the area of the brain they affect.
What Are the Symptoms of a Meningioma?
Meningioma symptoms can vary greatly depending on the size of the tumor and the area of the brain or spinal cord it’s compressing. Typically, signs and symptoms appear gradually and worsen as the tumor grows.
Common meningioma symptoms include:
- Hearing loss or ringing in the ears
- Loss of smell
- Memory loss
- Vision changes
- Weakness in the arms or legs
How Is Meningioma Diagnosed?
Your primary care physician or neurologist will refer you to a neurosurgeon if a meningioma is suspected. Imaging tests can help your doctors make a meningioma diagnosis by identifying the presence, size and location of a brain tumor. These imaging tests may include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans.
How Is Meningioma Treated?
Meningioma treatment generally depends on the size and location of the tumor, and the severity of your symptoms. Because meningiomas are slow-growing, your neurosurgeon may recommend a wait-and-see approach, using regular imaging tests to monitor the size and growth of the tumor over time.
Your doctor will also want to know if there are any changes in your symptoms, including new symptoms or increased severity or frequency.
If your meningioma shows signs of growth, your doctor may recommend treatment that includes:
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When you’re facing a meningioma diagnosis, you want an experienced, compassionate team by your side. That’s what you’ll find at AdventHealth. Our entire team is dedicated to healing your body, mind and spirit.