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What is Meningioma?

A Meningioma is a tumour that forms on the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord inside the skull. They arise from meninges, which are three thin layers of tissues covering the brain and the..

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A Meningioma is a tumour that forms on the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord inside the skull. They arise from meninges, which are three thin layers of tissues covering the brain and the spinal cord. Three layers – Dura, Arachnoid and Pia – are present under the skull and protect the brain. Under meningioma, the tissue starts growing inwards and puts pressure on the brain and the spinal cord. They can also grow outward towards the skull causing it to thicken. It occurs most frequently in middle-aged women. It is often slow growing and as many as 90% are non-cancerous. Most of the types of meningioma take place in the brain. However, most of them grow on parts of the spinal cord.

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Meningioma
Symptoms
Symptoms

They usually grow slow and, therefore, may not cause obvious symptoms and are sometimes found during tests for other conditions. The basic symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Weakness in arm or leg
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Personality changes
  • Visual problems
  • Numbness

Causes
Causes

The causes of this disease are not actually clear, yet according to many careful studies by researchers, the following causes have been discovered.

  • Exposure to radiation of any kind
  • Neurofibromatosis type 2, a genetic disorder

Risks
Risks

The main risk factors for this disease are:

  • Inherited nervous system disorder
  • Radiation treatment
  • Female hormones

Prevention
Prevention

One can simply prevent the occurrence of this disease by:

  • Using anti-inflammatory agents, for example, NSAIDs.
  • Fair usage of mobile and other gadgets.
  • Maintaining your general brain health.

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