Meningioma- familial


A slow-growing tumor of the meninges that is not cancerous. Symptoms are determined by the size and location of the tumor.


  • Movement symptoms 
  • Sensory changes 
  • Vision changes 
  • Seizures 
  • Increased intracranial pressure - and its various symptoms Severe headache 
  • Headache 
  • Progressive weakness 
  • Seizures 
  • Mental changes 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Listlessness
  • Dullness 
  • Personality changes
  • Aphasia
  • Lack of sense of smell
  • Double vision
  • Incontinence
  • Astereognosis


  • Tension-type headache –Most common cause of headache –Diffuse, bilateral, band-like pain –Lasts for hours to days –May occur on a fairly regular basis
  • Migraine headache –Throbbing unilateral or bilateral pain –May last for days –May have preceding aura (flashing light) –Triggers include foods, drugs, or stress
  • Meningitis –May present with fever, photophobia, neck stiffness, nausea/vomiting, papilledema –Brudzinski's sign: Neck pain upon passive flexion of neck –Kernig's sign: Neck pain and involuntary flexion upon passive extension of knee with hips flexed
  • Head trauma 
  • Medications 
  • Carbon monoxide exposure 
  • Sinusitis
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome or dental pain
  • Withdrawal from alcohol, barbiturates, caffeine, or other substance
  • Temporal arteritis –Pain/tenderness over temporal area/jaw –Occurs uniquely in patients over 50 –Blindness may occur 
  • Mass lesions (e.g., tumor, hematoma) –Daily, progressive headache –May awaken from sleep –Focal neurologic signs 
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage –Sudden onset of “worst headache of my life” –Neck stiffness –Loss of consciousness 
  • Cluster headache –Severe, unilateral pain –Lasts minutes to hours –Occurs daily for months, then remits for months or even years 
  • Glaucoma –Retro-orbital pain
  • Chronic daily headache or rebound headache (e.g., secondary to chronic analgesic use)
  • Benign intracranial hypertension


  • Brain x-ray 
  • Brain CAT scan


  • Surgical removal 
  • Radiotherapy