A meningioma is a tumor that develops in the meninges (tissue that surrounds your brain and spinal cord). It is the most common type of tumor that can affect the brain, but it’s very slow growing. Many people with meningiomas may have no symptoms at all; their tumors are discovered on imaging scans for other issues.
When a meningioma becomes too large, it may press on the brain, nerves, or blood vessels, causing symptoms such as:
- Headaches that grow more severe over time
- Hearing loss
- Loss of smell
- Memory loss
- Vision changes, such as double or blurry vision
- Weakness in your limbs
Neurosurgery experts at the University of Miami Health System offer advanced, comprehensive care for meningiomas, striving to relieve symptoms with minimal side effects.
Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
A CT scan is an X-ray of your brain that doctors can view in individual slices to identify any meningiomas.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI is an imaging scan of your brain creates a highly detailed image of your brain, without using radiation.
Because meningiomas are slow growing, you may not need any treatment unless the tumor causes serious symptoms. Your doctor may suggest regular imaging scans to check the tumor’s growth.
If your meningioma is causing symptoms, a neurosurgeon may remove all or part of the tumor during brain surgery.
Your surgeon may recommend radiation therapy if your meningioma isn’t completely removed. Radiation therapy uses precisely aimed radiation to kill tumor cells.
Why Choose UHealth?
Top-ranked neurosurgery team. Our neurosurgery program is nationally ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report. We are the leaders in the treatment and diagnosis of neurological conditions. Our knowledge, expertise, and commitment to patient care have earned us our reputation as a world-class research and medical center. That means we provide state-of-the-art treatment as well as superior follow-up care.
Surgical expertise. We see more than 14,000 patients each year and perform more than 4,000 surgeries. Our experienced neurosurgeons are consistently pioneering new treatments. From minimally invasive spine surgeries to peripheral nerve procedures, we offer surgeries you can’t find anywhere else in the region.
Groundbreaking brain tumor treatment. Experts from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth make up one of the largest and most complete teams for brain tumor treatment in the United States. Through multidisciplinary cooperation, our team employs leading-edge procedures like awake craniotomies. Also, our research has spawned promising approaches like the heat shock protein vaccine.
Concierge service. Patients don’t have to figure it all out alone at UHealth. You’re assigned a concierge coordinator who is there for you and your family while you’re in our care. They connect you with other providers, walk you through the surgery process, and answer any questions you or your family may have.
Medical and technological advancements. We’re on the cutting edge of neurosurgery with advanced technologies like robotics, 3D intraoperative imaging, and deep brain stimulation. As a patient at UHealth, you also have access to the innovative research and the latest clinical trials. You can count on getting the very best in neurological surgery and care.
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