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Meningiomas are tumors that originate in the meninges, which are the outer three layers of tissue between the skull and the brain that cover and protect the brain just under the skull. The middle layer of the meninges, called the arachnoid, is where meningiomas form.
A meningioma may not need immediate treatment and can often remain undetected for many years. However, if it grows, the tumor can cause noticeable problems.
Johns Hopkins' Meningioma Center is part of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center, one of the largest brain tumor centers in the world, with expertise in diagnosing and treating all types of brain tumors, including meningiomas.
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What You Need to Know
Meningioma is the most common type of primary brain tumor, accounting for about 30 percent of all brain tumors.
Meningiomas can grow and press against the brain or spinal cord, causing symptoms such as:
-- Blurred vision
-- Weakness in the arms or legs
-- Problems with balance, hearing or memory
About 85 percent of meningiomas are benign and most can be removed with surgery. Radiation may be used to treat meningiomas in locations that are difficult to reach by surgery.
Learn more about meningiomas in our Health Library
Watch a video: The Patient Experience: Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery
Read an article: "The Most Common Brain Tumor: 5 Things You Should Know"
Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of meningioma?
Directed by Dr. Chetan Bettegowda, the team at the Johns Hopkins Meningioma Center works together to provide the safest and most effective treatment possible for patients with meningioma.
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The Johns Hopkins Meningioma Center offers patients individualized treatment plans including expert surgery. You can be assured of getting the safest and least invasive possible procedure possible to address meningioma.
Our meningioma research is leading the way toward better understanding the origins and characteristics of meningioma. For meningioma and other types of brain tumor, brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins is creating a fertile environment for innovation and implementation of new therapies to improve survival and quality of life for our patients with brain tumors.
Meningioma: Pat's Story
The changes in her gait, balance and mood were subtle, but Pat noticed them and sought help. An MRI revealed she had an enormous meningioma brain tumor that had been growing for years. Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Jon Weingart performed the surgery that changed Pat’s life.
Convexity Meningioma: Jill's Story
Hollywood stunt woman, Jill Brown, was diagnosed with a benign convexity meningioma brain tumor and searched for the right doctor and medical team across the country. Watch as she recounts what led her to travel across the country to have her surgery performed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The Patient Experience: Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery
For patients and family members who are coming to The Johns Hopkins Hospital for neurosurgery, learn more about what to expect during your journey.
To request an appointment or consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Meningioma Center at 410-955-6406.
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Please fax your latest MRI reports and referrals (if necessary) to 410-955-8263.
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Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
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Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337
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