PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How is meningioma diagnosed?

ANSWER

Meningiomas are rarely diagnosed before they begin to cause symptoms. If symptoms indicate the possibility of a tumor, a doctor may order a brain scan: an MRI and/or a CT scan. These will allow the doctor to locate the meningioma and determine its size. A biopsy may sometimes be performed. A surgeon removes part or all of the tumor to determine whether it is benign or malignant.

From: Meningioma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Meningiomas Brain Tumors."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Facts about Meningiomas."

Johns Hopkins Medicine web site: "Grades of Meningioma," "Stereotactic Radiosurgery," "What Is a Meningioma?" "Types of Meningioma," "Diagnosis of Meningioma," "Treatment of Meningioma."

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons: "Meningiomas."

Medscape: "Pathophysiology."

UCLA Health System web site: "What Is a Meningioma?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Meningiomas Brain Tumors."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Facts about Meningiomas."

Johns Hopkins Medicine web site: "Grades of Meningioma," "Stereotactic Radiosurgery," "What Is a Meningioma?" "Types of Meningioma," "Diagnosis of Meningioma," "Treatment of Meningioma."

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons: "Meningiomas."

Medscape: "Pathophysiology."

UCLA Health System web site: "What Is a Meningioma?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 14, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How is meningioma treated?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: