Meningiomas in children

Pediatr Neurosurg. 2008;44(1):9-13. doi: 10.1159/000110656. Epub 2007 Dec 14.


Objective: Pediatric meningioma is a rare diagnosis. This retrospective review seeks to elucidate pertinent characteristics of pediatric patients presenting with meningioma.

Methods: The Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center brain tumor database was surveyed from 1940 through 2004. Twenty patients were identified.

Results: The median age of the 20 patients was 13 years. Five patients had radiation-induced meningiomas. Five patients had neurofibromatosis type 2. Ten patients had spontaneously arising meningiomas, 2 of which were malignant.

Conclusion: Patients with spontaneously arising meningiomas were younger than those with identified risk factors. There was no recurrence in patients with radiation-induced meningiomas. The only death occurred in a patient with a malignant meningioma.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / etiology
  • Meningioma / diagnosis*
  • Meningioma / diagnostic imaging
  • Meningioma / etiology
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / complications
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies