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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2016 Apr;27(2):229-38. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2015.11.012.

Incidental Meningiomas: Management in the Neuroimaging Era.

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1
Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, Box 956901, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6901, USA.
2
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, 10833 Le Conte Ave., CHS 62-132, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
3
Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, Box 956901, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6901, USA. Electronic address: iyang@mednet.ucla.edu.

Abstract

The number of patient imaging studies has increased because of precautious physicians ordering scans when a vague symptom is presented; subsequently, the number of incidental meningiomas detected has increased as well. These brain tumors do not present with related symptoms and are usually small. MRI and computed tomographic scans most frequently capture incidental meningiomas. Incidental meningiomas are managed with observation, radiation, and surgical resection. Ultimately, a conservative approach is recommended, such as observing an incidental meningioma and then only radiating if the tumor displays growth, whereas a surgical approach is to be used only when proven necessary.

KEYWORDS:

Computed tomography; MRI; Meningiomas; Neuroimaging

PMID:
27012387
DOI:
10.1016/j.nec.2015.11.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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