Meningiomas

Pregnancy
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By Wendy Sherman and Jeffrey Raizer

Meningiomas have been reported to present and show rapid symptom progression during pregnancy, followed by decrease or disappearance of symptoms following delivery (Bickerstaff et al 1958). The increase in meningioma size is thought to be caused by gonadal hormone receptor stimulation or by vascular engorgement secondary to the increase in blood volume during pregnancy. Treatment of the tumor is best deferred until after pregnancy unless disease progression jeopardizes the patient's health.

In This Article

Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical manifestations
Clinical vignette
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Prevention
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
Pregnancy
Anesthesia
References cited
Contributors