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Surg Neurol. 2006 Jun;65(6):595-603.

Meningioangiomatosis associated with neurofibromatosis: report of 2 cases in a single family and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA.



Meningioangiomatosis (MA) is a rare benign disorder. It may occur sporadically or in association with neurofibromatosis (NF). The sporadic type typically presents with seizures, whereas that associated with NF is often asymptomatic. Of the 100 cases reported, only 14 are associated with NF. We now report 2 additional cases of MA associated with neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) in a single family, with one occurring in the cerebellum. The etiology, pathology, and imaging features of MA are presented.


A 38-year-old woman (patient 1) presented with a 4-month history of ataxia. She had been diagnosed previously with NF2. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain revealed bilateral acoustic neuromas and multiple calcified intracranial lesions. Her 13-year-old daughter (patient 2) presented with complex partial seizures. MRI scans of the brain revealed bilateral acoustic neuromas and a right parietal mass. Patient 1 underwent a suboccipital craniotomy to resect the right-sided acoustic neuroma. A small portion of normal-appearing cerebellar cortex was resected to avoid undue retraction. Histopathologic examination showed the presence of a lesion consistent with MA. Patient 2 underwent a right temporal-parietal craniotomy to remove the enhancing epileptogenic right posterior temporoparietal lesion. Histopathologic analysis showed a lesion consistent with meningioma and MA.


MA has been reported infrequently in association with NF2. We now report 2 cases of MA associated with NF2 in one family, and we add the cerebellum to possible locations of occurrence. MA should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cortical lesions, particularly in patients with NF2.

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