What is Superior Sagittal Sinus Meningioma?

Q:
What is superior sagittal sinus meningioma?

A:
Superior sagittal sinus is located above and behind the human brain. It allows blood to drain from the lateral aspects of anterior cerebral hemispheres to the confluence of sinuses.

Meningioma is a slow-growing tumor that forms on membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Overall, as many as 90% of these brain tumors are benign.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a meningioma is subtle at first. Depending on the location of the meningioma, the following symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Change in vision causing double or blurred vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in ears
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Loss of smell
  • Seizures
  • Numbness
  • Speech problems

Prevention

By maintaining normal body weight and avoiding unnecessary dental X-rays, the risk of meningioma can be reduced.

Treatment

When the meningioma is small and asymptomatic, patients can resort to observation with close image follow-up. After, when the meningioma shows clear symptoms, it should be surgically removed if the tumor is superficial on the dural surface and accessible. Besides, people with the conditions can also turn to radiation therapy and chemotherapies.

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