A loss of memory, hearing, or vision could indicate a meningioma, a type of brain tumor. David Newell, MD is an award-winning neurologist experienced in diagnosing and treating complex brain disorders, including tumors. To find the highest quality meningioma treatment, call Dr. Newell’s Seattle, Washington, office or schedule an appointment online today.
A meningioma is a type of brain tumor located in the dura, part of the meninges membranes that surround your spinal cord and brain. These types of brain tumors are primary tumors, meaning they originate in your brain.
There are three classifications for meningiomas, including:
Approximately 75-80% of meningiomas are benign, and only 1-4% are malignant.
Meningiomas can affect people of any age, even children, but they’re most common in older women. Their exact cause isn’t known; however, because they’re more common in women, female hormones may play a role in their development. There may also be a link between breast cancer and meningioma risks.
Additional meningioma causes include radiation therapy to the head and a rare inherited nervous system disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2.
Meningiomas can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
In most cases, meningioma symptoms appear slowly over time.
During your appointment, Dr. Newell performs a full physical and neurological exam, discusses your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. Based on his assessment, Dr. Newell might also perform digital imaging tests, such as a CT scan or an MRI of your brain. To rule out other types of brain tumors and confirm your diagnosis, Dr. Newell conducts a biopsy to test the tumor cells.
Some meningiomas don’t require immediate treatment. Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Newell may suggest:
When a meningioma doesn’t respond to surgery or radiation, Dr. Newell may recommend chemotherapy, but this isn’t a traditional treatment for these types of brain tumors.
If you’re experiencing persistent meningioma symptoms or headaches that concern you, call David Newell, MD or schedule an appointment online.