Falcotentorial meningiomas: clinical, neuroimaging, and surgical features in six patients.

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Edward F. Chang, Michael W. McDermott

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OBJECT: Meningiomas arising from the falcotentorial junction are rare. As a result, their clinical presentation and surgical management are not well described. During the past 3 years, the authors have treated six patients with falcotentorial meningiomas. METHODS: Most patients presented with symptoms related to raised intracranial pressure, including headaches, papilledema, and visual and gait disturbances. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a smooth, oval, or round mass, which was typically homogeneously enhancing. Angiography was useful in evaluating arterial supply for embolization, when possible, and determining the status of venous collateral supply and sinus patency. The authors detail the surgical technique used in all six patients. Postoperatively, patients experienced transient cortical blindness, which in all cases spontaneously resolved during the course of several days to weeks. They provide a comprehensive description of the presentation and surgical management of falcotentorial meningiomas. CONCLUSIONS: An excellent outcome can be expected when surgery is predicated on detailed preoperative neuroimaging and knowledge of the nuances of the surgical technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e11
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 15 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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