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A condition that typically occurs on the brain, meningioma brain tumor could be a severe condition which also leads to other serious problems. Depending on whether the tumor is benign or cancerous, it can grow slowly or rapidly. Even benign meningioma tumors can cause complications, especially if they continue to grow at a steady pace.

As it is difficult to diagnose a meningioma brain tumor, there often arise several questions regarding this type of tumor. Dr. Vijay Karan Reddy, the brain tumor doctor in Hyderabad, is here to answer all your queries regarding this condition.

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A condition in which a non-cancerous (mostly) tumor develops from the membrane, surrounding the brain or the spinal cord. It derives its name from the membrane that it grows upon, called the meninges. A meningioma is a primary central nervous system (CNS) tumor, and tends to affect more women than men. While tumors can be classified as benign or malignant, some meningiomas are atypical, indicating that they could turn into cancer. However, only a small percentage are cancerous. Those that are, do grow fast, and can then spread to other areas of the body, like the lungs.

Meningioma tumors cannot be traced back to any particular cause. However, there are risk factors involved, which include exposure to radiation and Neurofibromatosis type 2, a genetic disorder. Meningiomas also occur on account of previous injuries, as shown by additional research. Other research suggests a link between the hormone progesterone and the development of these tumors.

A person with meningioma may have no symptoms and may not require any immediate treatment. This makes the condition difficult to diagnose. However, if there are symptoms, the most common ones are:
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Blurred Vision
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Numbness
  • Speech Difficulties

When symptoms do not occur, meningioma is rarely diagnosed. However, if the symptoms are noticeable, the doctor will recommend a brain scan - either MRI or CT. With the help of these, the tumor and its size can be identified. A biopsy may also be performed where the surgeon removes part or all of the tumor so as to determine if it is benign or cancerous.

n case there are no significant symptoms, your doctor may suggest close observation with regular brain scans in order to monitor the growth of the tumor. Surgery may be required if the tumor continues to grow and cause problems.

A craniotomy would be required to remove the tumor. This involves removing a piece of bone from the skull, allowing the surgeon access to the area of the brain where the tumor is located. After this, the tumor is removed, and the bone put back in its place.The way the brain is accessed by the surgeon depends on the position of the tumor.

Sometimes, because of the location of the tumor, surgery isn’t possible, so to help shrink the tumor and prevent it from growing larger, radiation therapy is used. If it’s malignant, then radiation will also kill the cancer cells.

Dr. Vijay Karan Reddy takes as much care in performing the treatment as he does in patiently addressing all the concerns of his patients. He understands the connection that a patient forms with their doctor, and strives to maintain this trust by providing quality care and accurate diagnosis, irrespective of the financial situation of the patient. The leading and the Best Oncologist in Hyderabad, Dr.Vijay Karan Reddy has several years of experience in handling complex brain and spine cancers.

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Dr. Vijay Karan Reddy, is an accomplished renowned and reputed Radiation Oncologist, having completed his M.D from the famous Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai. For Appointments please call: (+91) 99123 20002.