Meningiomas

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Meningiomas
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We offer a subspecialized approach to ensure every patient receives the most comprehensive, individualized care.
  • Our brain tumor surgeons are experts in the microsurgical removal of these types of tumors, leading to better patient outcomes and results.
  • We review the genetic make-up of every meningioma, allowing us additional, important information for long-term patient care and follow-up and every patient is discussed at our multidisciplinary Tumor Board.

Our brains are covered by a thin layer of tissue, known as the dura, which can sometimes give rise to tumors. Called meningiomas, these “brain” tumors are most often found near the top and the outer curve of the brain, or at the base of the skull and pushing on the brain (as opposed to arising in it). Meningiomas account for about one-third of primary brain tumor diagnoses. Although the vast majority of meningiomas are benign, or slow-growing, approximately 15 percent are atypical or malignant; these can exhibit more aggressive behavior with faster growth rates.

Doctors at Yale Medicine are experts in the management of meningiomas. Our brain tumor surgeons are specialized in removing these tumors, safely and effectively, leading to better patient outcomes. Our Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program is the oldest and largest in the state of Connecticut to use precisely directed radiation to treat such tumors when necessary. And Yale Medicine is on the forefront of  cutting edge research for understanding the underlying genetic abnormalities of this type of brain tumor.

Says Jennifer Moliterno, MD, a Yale Medicine specialized meningioma brain surgeon, "Coming to a place like Yale, with doctors who are dedicated solely to helping patients with these types of brain tumors, is incredibly important to ensuring appropriate care. We understand the diagnosis can be extremely scary for anyone and we are here to help every step of the way.”