A meningioma is a tumor found in your meninges. The meninges are the thin layers of protective tissue that surround your brain and spinal cord. Most meningiomas are not cancerous and usually grow slowly. Here at MD West ONE, we have Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists that can properly diagnose any spinal or neurological issues.
Signs and Symptoms
A meningioma can press against your brain, interfering with its function. Some symptoms may include:
- Hearing loss
- Changes in vision
- Memory issues
- Loss of sense of smell
- Limb weakness
What can causes meningiomas?
The cause of meningiomas is not fully understood. It may be linked to your genetics, environment, or to a combination of factors. It starts with a mutation in a cell's DNA. This genetic blueprint guides cellular growth and functions. The mutation causes the cell to divide abnormally and uncontrollably. A meningioma tumor is a mass of these abnormal cells.
What are some risk factors?
Certain factors may increase your risk for a meningioma.
- More common in women than men
- Radiation treatment involving your head
- Inherited nervous system disorder "neurofibromatosis type 2"
What type of treatments are available?
Treatment options depend on your tumor and your needs.
- A small, slow-growing tumor may not need to be treated immediately.
- If your tumor is aggressive, or if it is causing harmful symptoms, you may benefit from surgery, radiation therapy, medications, or other options.
Your healthcare provider will create a care plan that is right for your needs.