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    Recently diagnosed

    I was recently diagnosed with a Meningioma. Is a biopsy usually done? My family doctor is referring me to a specialist.

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    Hi Marjp456, welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your meningioma. The good news is that this tumor has a much better prognosis than many other brain tumors.

    If the meningioma is located in a place where it can be safely removed, they will probably remove it. They'll analyze the tissue to find out more about the tumor and whether further treatment is necessary.

    Most people who have brain surgery are up and about again in a few days.

    If the tumor is located in a place where it can't be removed safely, they may try to do a needle biopsy instead, to get cells to analyze.

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    My meningioma is in the left posterior fossa. Would they be able to easily remove or biopsy it at that location of the brain? How is a biopsy done? Is it an outpatient procedure? My lesion is very small.

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    Some are easily removable and some are not. We're not medical people here, so we can't say, and anyway it depends on the individual. What does your doctor say about surgery for you?

    The tumor is usually removed surgically by a craniotomy. It is not an outpatient procedure.

    Here is an information page about posterior fossa meningioma, including surgery. As you can see, sometimes for a small meningioma they will adopt a watch-and-wait approach:

    https://www.mountsinai.org/care/neur...osterior-fossa

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    I saw the neurologist today and he said I should have my next MRI done next year in October which would be done about a year after the first one I had. Is this the usual protocol for watching small meningiomas? Once a year for a MRI. I would have felt better if he said 6 months.

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    I don't know but I would have thought six months. You should ask about this.

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    I think thatís normal

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    Due to being a hypochondriac, I would push for 6 month at this early stage.

 

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