Meningiomas in the elderly

Chikezie Eseonu, Tito Vivas-Buitrago, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

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Meningiomas are benign tumors that arise from the meningo-epithelial cells of the arachnoid dura and account for approximately one-third of all adult intracranial tumors. With the evolution of diagnostic imaging and the average life span increasing, meningiomas are being detected more frequently in an older population. In the elderly population, defined by patients aged 60 years or older, meningiomas are the most incidentally detected benign primary brain tumor. As a patient ages, the rate of growth of the meningioma decreases, while comorbidities increase, making the elderly population a unique group when it comes to decision-making for treatment. Treatment options for intracranial meningiomas in the elderly include surgery, radiosurgery, or observation. Although age may have some part in treatment considerations, comorbidities, overall state of health, and tumor characteristics play a more significant role in patient outcome. This chapter will investigate the incidence, evaluation, treatment, and outcomes of intracranial meningiomas in the elderly population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152


  • Age
  • Elderly
  • Meningioma
  • Outcomes
  • Radiosurgery
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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