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Meningioma?


It was Father's Day and my family and I were driving to church. We were almost out of the neighborhood when my dad started to drive off the road. My mom tried to grab hold of the wheel, but couldn't. We didn't stop until we hit a tree. I later found out my dad had had a seizure behind the wheel. He was taken to the hospital and there the doctors told him that he had a brain tumor. At the time they didn't know what kind, but we later found out it was called MENINGIOMA. He has had surgery, and came home to recover, but had to go back to the hospital tonight because he may have a blood clot in his left leg. Somehow, this is affecting his speech. If you know anything about blood clots or how they can affect a person's speech, please answer.

Thanks!

p.s. Sorry the info is so long.
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Meningioma is a benign brain tumor, hes lucky. Blood clot in the leg is common after surgery google deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the leg does not affect a person's speech, unless (rarely) it travels from the leg to passes through the right side of the heart to the left where it does to the brain and causes a stroke (more often clots lodge in the lungs and cause breathing problems and heart problems). You need to determine if the speech problems are new and accompanied by other neurological problems, are they left over from the surgery etcc.
Hope this helps  (+ info)

meningioma?


i have tumor that called meningioma could u pleas tell me what should i do
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go see an oncologist  (+ info)

How old is too old for surgery involving Meningioma?


What are the dangers if an eldery person (age 70-80) had a Meningioma and required surgery for removal compared to a younger/healthier person? If surgery is done, what are the chances of success?
Is such surgery conducted at such an age?
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There isn’t an age limit. Age alone is not a risk it is any other medical condition they may have, regardless of their age. How successful the surgery may be depends on the location of the tumor and you should know brain tumors often recur. To get answers specific to this person you should talk to the neurosurgeon who plans on doing it.  (+ info)

What are the chances of a successful surgery on a meningioma brain tumor?


My mom was diagnosed with a Meningioma brain tumor months ago. The doctors decided to wait a while and see what her symptoms were and if the tumor was growing. Eventually, she started getting bad headaches and her vision worsened. Shes now at the point that shes been laid off of work due to her unstability when walking. It's a really scary situation to deal with, she lives 9 hours from me with my brother and sister. Shes already put my name on everything she owns, including my siblings. I'm only 22 and am a broke college student who cant even afford my own rent. If anybody knows, can you please tell me of similar conditions and their outcomes? I've looked up some info but havent really gotten an everyday explanation that i can understand fully. Thank you.
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I am SO sorry you are going through this.

I had a brain tumor removed in March of 2004. I was having really bad headaches, wild mood swings, and neck pain for about a year. I kept going to my doctor to try to get some relief. But all he would do is give me Motrin, and ignore me (stupid military docs). Motrin didnt help at all. The headaches got SO bad, that I was forcing myself to not go to sleep at night because I would always wake up with headaches that left me screaming in pain (literally). It was unbearable. So finally I went back to the doc, and told him that he either gave me a CAT scan, or I was reporting him for neglagence. Well, THAT got the ball rolling. He gave me a CAT scan, and an MRI, and thats how they discovered I had a brain tumor.

I had what was called a Nerve Sheath Tumor. Its not cancer, and they dont know how (or why) it got there. Its one of those tumors that has no rules, and grows for no reason. They said that I could have had it for a few years, and it was just starting to hurt because it was getting pretty big. It was located right where my brain stem met my brain. I had surgery at Walter Reed on March 30, 2003. It took 12 doctors 14 hours to remove it. I also had to spend a month in the hospital recovering. They literally had to saw my head open, and left a 5 inch long scar on my scalp. The side of my head is held together with Titanium (the original piece of skull is still there, but the Titanium holds it together. And I can no longer feel the left side of my face, including my eye, tongue, and lips. But I would do it all over again, just to get rid of those headaches.

I now enjoy a normal life, with minimal discomfort. I have to be careful to not lift anything heavy, and I can no longer play contact sports. But besides that, I am OK. Even the loss of feeling doesnt bother me anymore. Its actually a good thing when I go to the Dentist. Hehe!! Like I said, I would do it all over again to not have those headaches any more.

From the description you are giving, it sounds like your doctors are doing the right thing. You dont want to operate on someone unless you HAVE to. The most important thing you can do right now is be there for your mom (sounds like you are already), and be strong for her. No one can know for sure what the outcome will be. And believe me, I know thats the WORST part of the whole thing. If it does turn out that your mom needs surgery, then look at it this way: Its a chance for her to get better. It is not likely that something will go wrong with the surgery, or that it wont help her. Once that kind of tumor is gone, its gone forever. Then maybe she will have a chance at a normal life again.

PLEASE dont hesitate to email me with more questions. I'm almost the same age as you, and I understand what you are going through.  (+ info)

Is there a brain surgery survivor who had a meningioma excised?


I've just had a cystic meningioma cut and scraped off of my brain
and dura membrane. The Doc says he got 98% of brain tumor
out. Thus there is 2% of tumor brain cells still hiding somewhere.
Approximately 2 billion. They are not visible to the eye. Doc says
tumor can grow back and this time be malignant. Has this been
the curse for anybody out there. Please reply in detail.
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I'm sorry I do not know of anyone who's had this.
My suggestion is go to WebMD.com. Do some
searches there or contact them directly for help.
Will keep you in my daily prayers. God Bless.  (+ info)

Can a CT scan tell if a meningioma is benign?


I recently had a CT scan (headaches) and my neurologist said I have 2 small benign meningiomas in my right frontal lobe. How can he look just at the scan and tell they are benign without running any kind of tests? Is that possible?
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I was diagnosed with a golf ball sized tuberculum sellae meningioma 3 years ago and had surgery 2 weeks after diagnosis. All of my tumor was removed and I have had no regrowth.

The only way to know for sure the grade (benign or malignant) of any tumor, or to even identify the type of tumor definitely is by running pathology tests on the tumor tissue, which can only be done after surgical removal of all or part of the tumor.

A CT scan or MRI can give a "probable" diagnosis. My CT scan was read by one radiologist who diagnosed my "lesion" as an aneurysm. I had the same CT scan read by another radiologist who said it was a "probable meningioma". I then had an MRI done and had a more precise diagnosis of a meningioma, but still it was not definite until after surgery.

Approximately 80% of meningiomas are classified as benign, 10-20% are atypical (benign but showing aggressive growth), only 1-2% of meningiomas are malignant.

Since most of them are benign, that is not to say they don't cause health issues. My meningioma was attached to my optic nerves and was wrapped around the internal carotid artery. If it had not been discovered and surgically removed, I would have gone blind and it would have slowly cut off the blood supply to my brain.

The first answerer made a valid point about hormones. Hormonal fluctuations can cause meningiomas to grow, but only IF the tumor has hormone receptors. Again that is only determined by pathology testing. My tumor did not have hormone receptors and would have continued to grow, regardless of my age. His comment that meningiomas shrink after menopause is a joke I hope. I have been in contact with about 150 other meningioma survivors and 3 people who have died from the affects of meningiomas in the last three years. I have never heard of a meningioma shrinking, except through some form of radiation treatment.

I would suggest that you consult with a neurosurgeon to get another opinion whether you need surgery or not. The best chance of having complete surgical removal is to have it when the tumor is smaller and not causing neurological problems. Frontal lobe tumors are known to cause seizures and other symptoms.

http://www.abta.org/siteFiles/SitePages/1411809F1680108B31F43BBC86A81F3B.pdf
This is a link to American Brain Tumor Assoc. literature on meningiomas.

http://www.meningiomamommas.com/
This is a link to a wonderful online support group for people affected by meningiomas.

Good luck. Please email me if you have any questions for me.  (+ info)

How can having a meningioma tumor that is benign hurt you?


The tumor can continue to grow and put more pressure on the brain and cause local injury. They can affect any process control by the brain, sight, breathing, coordination, speech, etc. They eventually can be fatal in some cases.

"Depending on whether or not they can spread by invasion and metastasis, tumors are classified as being either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are tumors that cannot spread by invasion or metastasis; hence, they only grow locally. Malignant tumors are tumors that are capable of spreading by invasion and metastasis. By definition, the term "cancer" applies only to malignant tumors"  (+ info)

my mom is 62 yrs old, diagnosed by mri to have a frontal cranium meningioma what are recovery stats?


she has some other less serious conditions,,,,asbestos i the lungs
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If you mom's meningioma is small doctors might advise her to "wait and watch". In that case they would do regular MRI's to see if the meningioma is growing. If it remains the same and isn't causing symptoms it would be safer to leave it alone.
If the meningioma is already large and appears to be growing, brain surgery to remove all or part of it is the normal treatment.
If surgery is not an option due to the location there are radiation treatments that can shrink the tumor.  (+ info)

Please help me understand my DX of 9x5mm meningioma in my brain?


I have been having terrible headaches, tremors, tingling and loss of feeling in hands and feet. blacking out and blurred vison. My mri showed a 9x5 mm lseion in the left parietal constitant with a mengingoma. How big is that? and my neurologist is not calling me back. I am getting very scared!! Please advise...
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That's a small meningioma.

You'll be glad to know that meningioma is a usually benign growth outside your brain.
Actually a neurologist who is not in a hurry is a good sign.It's safer to be a low priority than the person who comes into the office and is sent straight up for surgery!  (+ info)

My 23 year old nephew was just diagnosed today with clear cell meningioma.?


Has anyone got information on what this is and what his prognosis might be? I have googled it, so I would appreciate a medical opinion if anyone has anything to add other than internet articles...thank you..
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