. Meningioma Tumor In The Back Of The Neck Pressing On The Central Nerve?

, MRI results of my brother, there is a tumor in the back of the neck / spinal cord / meningioma which presses the nerve and affects the work of the central nerve. Now my sister’s left side of the body feels numb, especially in the feet and fingers … if you can move the wrist, back sometimes feels pain like using a tube. According to a neurosurgeon doctor, surgery is recommended but there is a possibility of paralysis. We never dare to take the risk … is there any other solution besides the operation? Little brother never chemo. .krn also afraid of the effect he said hair loss..mhn sharing the solution..mksh

1 Answer:

Hello Resty,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Meningioma is a tumor that grows on the lining of the brain that can develop on the part of the brain itself or the spine. In general, this type of tumor is a benign tumor and the growth is very slow, so the symptoms will be felt in the sufferer after many years. Some of the risk factors for meningioma are obesity, having had radiotherapy, a genetic disorder known as neurofibromatosis, and female gender. The symptoms of a meningioma depend on the location and size of the tumor. Initial symptoms can include headaches, tinnitus (ringing sound) and even causing limb weakness or paralysis.

In some cases, the treatment that can be taken from a case of meningioma is surgery and this option of action can be carried out if the tumor size is not too large and does not affect the spine. If after surgery it is necessary to further evaluate whether the patient needs chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Everything really depends on the location and size of the tumor and the results of the operation later. All medical actions must have a consideration between the benefits and risks. All of them need a discussion with the team of treating doctors and the family. However, everything will be discussed and the decision will return to the family. Solutions other than surgery are radiotherapy or chemotherapy, but of course this therapy option also has side effects, which can include hair loss, a decrease in the body's immune system and so on. At the moment, I can only suggest that you be able to discuss with the team of doctors who treat your younger sibling because those who know your sister's condition are right with various considerations.

That's what I can say, hopefully it's useful.

Greetings, dr. Tiwi

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