Intracranial meningiomas are the most common benign brain tumor that develop or arise from any meningeal surface of the brain, and are typically attached to the dura (outer layer of the meninges) but can also occur in the cerebral ventricles.
Listen to Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD, PNI founder & director, and neurosurgeon, talk about intracranial meningioma symptoms, treatment and minimally invasive keyhole brain surgery.
this is dr daniel kelly and this is a P. And I'm in it mm hmm. Today, I'm going to talk to you about intracranial meningioma as these are the most common primary brain tumor and they can occur all over the head. They typically are attached to the coverings of the brain, the dura and they can arise in a variety of locations and cause a variety of symptoms including loss of vision, double vision, headaches, seizures, difficulty swallowing, loss of hearing and other symptoms. The location determines the optimal treatment. But for virtually all symptomatic meningioma as the primary treatment is typically surgical removal and at P. And I we have a long experience in the minimally invasive removal of these tumors. Using a variety of keyhole approaches. These include the endoscopic and a nasal approach through the nostrils, the super orbital eyebrow approach through a small incision through the eyebrow, an approach called the mini terry o'neill approach, which is through an incision just behind the hairline, the trans orbital approach. In some cases as well as approaches behind the ear and other approaches along the top of the head. Depending upon where the tumor occurs, the goal is always maximal safe removal and in some instances because meningioma is maybe very adherent to some of the cranial nerves or the brain itself or the critical blood vessels. We sometimes have to leave a small amount of the tumor behind and we do that to ensure that the patient comes out of surgery better than they went in with preserved quality of life and not with new neurological problems. Fortunately most men Ngoma, our radio sensitive meaning they can respond well to focused radiation treatment and so in patients in whom we're not able to get a complete removal. Sometimes focus radiation is needed. But overall, the diagnosis of a meningioma, although somewhat scary, is one that can be dealt with very effectively in skilled hands using these keyhole and minimally invasive approaches. Mm hmm. Yeah.