Conditions + Treatments

Meningioma in Children

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Meningioma is a slow-growing and usually non-cancerous tumor that originates in the meninges, the membrane layer covering the brain and spinal cord.

  • As they grow, meningiomas can compress adjacent brain tissue and affect the cranial nerves and blood vessels.
  • While most meningiomas are not cancerous, a small percentage are fast-growing malignant tumors that can cause neurological problems and swelling in the brain.
  • Meningiomas can occur at any age, but they are more common in adults than children.
  • When they do affect children, meningiomas occur most often in the sixth and seventh years of life and are slightly more common in boys than in girls.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches meningioma

Children with meningioma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through the Brain Tumor Center, one of the largest and most experienced pediatric brain tumor treatment programs in the world. Our brain tumor specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of brain tumors, including meningioma. Our patients receive care from neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and pediatric subspecialists.

Learn more about meningioma

Find in-depth information on meningioma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on meningioma symptoms, treatment and more.

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