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  • The meninges are the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal column. A meningioma is a kind of tumor that forms from the meninges. Even benign tumors in that area of the body can cause severe medical problems.

    Fact

    About 90 percent of all meningioma tumors prove to be benign, although even benign tumors can grow large enough to disrupt brain function and spinal column activity, leading to possible disabilities or even death.

    Time Frame

    There's no way to predict the growth rate of a meningioma. However, in most cases, meningiomas grow rather slowly, with the tumors becoming quite large before any symptoms are present.

    Effects

    Symptoms of a meningioma include changes in eyesight, headaches, hearing loss, memory loss, seizures and weakness in the arms and legs.

    Diagnosis

    X-rays, MRIs and CT scans are used to diagnose meningiomas.

    Treatment

    Benign meningiomas are often left untreated so long as they don't cause harmful symptoms, with only periodic brain scans needed to monitor the tumor's development. In more serious cases, surgery, radiation therapy and radiosurgery may be required to remove or destroy the tumor.

    Considerations

    Meningiomas occur more often in women and tend to strike adults between 40 and 70 years old.

    Source:

    The Mayo Clinic

    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    MacMillan Cancer Support

  • sounds like some kind of cancer

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