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It is a type of tumor that develops from the meninges, the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  There are three layers of meninges, called the Dura mater, arachnoids and pia mater.  Most meningiomas (90%) are categorized as benign tumors, with the remaining 10% being a typical or malignant.  However, the word "benign" can be misleading in this case, as when benign tumors grow and constrict and affect the brain, they can cause disability and even be life threatening.

Other meningiomas grow more rapidly, or have sudden growth spurts.  There is no way to predict the rate of growth for a meningioma, or to know for certain how long a specific tumor was growing before diagnosis.  Meningiomas vary in their symptoms and appropriate treatment options depending on where they are located.  Age at the time of diagnosis is also indicates an increased chance of survival.  The younger patients have better survival rates.

validated by: Dr Atampreet singh, Consultant, Neurology, Fortis Hospital, Noida
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