The Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Original Article

Surgical Management of Giant Intracranial Meningiomas


Department of Neurosurgery, University of Health Sciences, Gülhane Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Eurasian J Med 2021; 53: 73-78
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2021.20155
Read: 786 Downloads: 275 Published: 01 June 2021

Objective: Giant intracranial meningiomas are a challenge for neurosurgeons because of their size and location in the cranium. Difficult tumor dissection and encasement of important neurovascular structures make them a horrible nightmare. The aims of this study are to present our giant intracranial meningioma series and to compare our experience using advanced surgical technology with the current literature.

Materials and Methods: The data of patients with the diagnosis of giant intracranial meningioma between 2014 and 2020 who underwent surgical treatment were retrospectively reviewed. The demographic, radiological, and surgical characteristics of patients were documented. The size and location of tumors as well as surgical technique were analyzed in detail.

Results: A total of 61 patients with intracranial meningioma underwent surgical treatment over a 7-year period, and 10 (16.4%) tumors were larger than 5 cm in diameter, which were classified as giant meningioma. Seven patients were male and 3 were female, with a mean age of 64.9 years. Four tumors were located at the skull base. Histological diagnosis was meningioma World Health Organization grade I in 7 patients and grade II in 3 patients. Simpson grade 1 resection was achieved in 6 patients and grade 2 resection in 4 patients. No mortality was observed.

Conclusion: Careful surgical planning should be made for giant intracranial meningiomas. Their location, adjacent neurovascular structures, and vascular supply affect the resection level of these giant tumors. Simpson grade 1 resection is seldom possible for skull base meningiomas.

Cite this article as: Yaşar S, Kırık A. Surgical Management of Giant Intracranial Meningiomas. Eurasian J Med 2021; 53(2): 73-8.

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