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Spinal Meningioma Treatment in Akron & Canton

Spinal meningioma is a type of tumor that can grow slowly on the meninges, the membranes that protect the brain and spine. Most of these growths are benign, but in rare instances, they can be cancerous.

Symptoms of Spinal Meningioma

Small growths often cause no symptoms, but issues can arise as the tumor begins to grow larger. As the tumor increases in size, it places more pressure on the brain and/or spine which can cause:

  • Loss of feeling in arms or legs
  • Weakness in arms or legs
  • Incontinence
  • Partial paralysis

Causes & Risk Factors

The only proven cause of spinal meningiomas is ionized radiation. This radiation comes from natural environmental factors.

Non-cancerous spinal meningiomas occur approximately four times more in women than in men. However, males tend to develop the malignant form of Spinal Meningioma more often than females. These cases are typically discovered around the age of 45.

People with neurofibromatosis are also more likely to develop this issue than those without.

Testing for Spinal Meningioma

Imaging studies are the main component used to detect the tumor. The following tests may be performed:

Spinal X-Ray:

  • The x-ray can detect any abnormal growths in this area. If a growth is found, further imaging may be performed.

CT Scans & MRIs:

  • These tests will provide more detail about the tumor’s location and size.

Angiogram:

  • An angiogram will allow the doctor to examine the blood vessels in the tumor and surrounding tissue.

I’ve Been Diagnosed With Brain or Spinal Cancer – What Now?

Small meningiomas may not require treatment if it is not causing symptoms. The doctor will simply observe the tumor and monitor any growth. If the tumor is small but is causing symptoms, surgical removal may be recommended.

Large benign tumors will typically be surgically removed. Since benign tumors don’t spread, this often cures the issue. Malignant growths will need to be surgically removed whenever possible. Following surgical removal, additional radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be necessary.

Spine and Brain Cancer Treatment

Whether you’re coming in for an initial consultation, are looking for a second opinion or are beginning your treatment, the skilled medical professionals at CNS Center for Neuro and Spine will provide the highest quality care possible. To make an appointment, please call 330-665-4100.

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