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.
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