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How can we treat meningioma tumor?

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Published At July 29, 2018
Reviewed AtSeptember 13, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My grandmother is affected with meningioma tumor. Please advise what has to be done.

Answered by Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The meningioma is a benign tumor, which grows slowly. But, the meningioma present in your grandmother is in the advanced stage, causing compression of the adjacent brain structures. For this reason, I would recommend surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent her from death or cardiac arrest. You should discuss with a neurosurgeon about this problem.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Please answer my following doubts about my grandmother's case. 1. On considering her age, you are suggesting for a surgery? 2. What type of surgery is required for her? 3. Will she survive after surgery? 4. What happens if the surgery goes wrong? 5. What happens if we are not opting for surgery due to her last days?

Answered by Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com. Surgery has a lot of risk considering her age. If it does not go well, she may die. But, you cannot wait in this situation, because the tumor is surrounded by a lot of swelling and it is compressing the brain (the shift of the median structures). If you are not deciding for surgery she may die soon from cardiac arrest (related to the brainstem compression). So, she is going to die soon if you avoid surgery. With surgery, she may have 50 % chances to survive, depending upon her comorbidities. There are no other treatment options at this point because steroids and Mannitol do not make miracles at this stage.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka
Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Neurology

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