What is Meningioma?
A meningioma is a tumor that grows in the protective lining of the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges. Most are benign, though in rare cases they can be cancerous (malignant). This type of tumor may not cause problems, but if it grows, it may put pressure on parts of the spine, causing symptoms such as pain, loss of sensation or motor function, and partial paralysis. The less common malignant meningiomas are faster growing and may grow in the surrounding tissue.
Meningiomas account for approximately 25 percent of spinal canal tumors. They can occur at any location along the spine, but most commonly appear in the mid-back (thoracic) region. They are about four times more common in women than men and usually appear between the ages of 40 and 70.
UPMC offers several treatment options for meningioma, including minimally invasive surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery, offering benefits such as minimal scarring, fewer side effects, and faster recovery.