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Diseases » Meningioma » Summary
 

What is Meningioma?

What is Meningioma?

  • Meningioma: A slow-growing tumor of the meninges that is not cancerous. Symptoms are determined by the size and location of the tumor.
  • Meningioma: Meningiomas (mostly WHO grade I, with some WHO grade II or III) are generally slow growing, benign tumors attached to the dura mater and are composed of neoplastic meningothelial (arachnoidal) cells. They typically occur in adults, often women. Meningiomas have a wide range of histopathological appearances. Of the various subtypes, meningothelial, fibrous and transitional meningiomas are the most common. Most subtypes share a common clinical behavior, although some subtypes are more likely to recur and follow a more aggressive clinical course. (Adapted from WHO.)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Meningioma: a tumor arising in the meninges which surround the brain and spinal cord; usually slow growing and sometimes malignant.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Meningioma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Meningioma, or a subtype of Meningioma, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Meningioma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Meningioma: Introduction

Types of Meningioma:

Broader types of Meningioma:

Who gets Meningioma?

Patient Profile for Meningioma: Typically adults 40 to 60

Profile for Meningioma: They occur most often in women between 30 and 50 years of age. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Brain Tumors: NCI)

Gender Profile for Meningioma: More women than men

How serious is Meningioma?

Complications of Meningioma: see complications of Meningioma

What causes Meningioma?

Causes of Meningioma: see causes of Meningioma

What are the symptoms of Meningioma?

Symptoms of Meningioma: see symptoms of Meningioma

Complications of Meningioma: see complications of Meningioma

Can anyone else get Meningioma?

Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.

Meningioma: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Meningioma.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Meningioma.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Meningioma: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Meningioma.
Treatments for Meningioma: see treatments for Meningioma
Alternative treatments for Meningioma: see alternative treatments for Meningioma
Research for Meningioma: see research for Meningioma

Society issues for Meningioma


Hospitalization statistics for Meningioma: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Meningioma:

  • 0.023% (2,895) of hospital consultant episodes were for benign neoplasm of meninges in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 81% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of meninges required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 32% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of meninges were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 68% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of meninges were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 35% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of meninges required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Meningioma:

Organs and body systems related to Meningioma include:

Name and Aliases of Meningioma

Main name of condition: Meningioma

Class of Condition for Meningioma: cancer

Other names or spellings for Meningioma:

arachnoidal fibroblastoma, dural endothelioma, leptomeningioma, meningeal fibroblastoma, Brain cancer

Meningioma: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Meningioma:

  • Subarchnoid villi
  • familial tumour
  • Neurofibromatosis 2 gene
  • Focal seizures
  • Spastic weakness
  • Sylvian tumours
 

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