Pattern of intracranial tumours in a tertiary hospital in Ghana

Ghana Med J. 2018 Jun;52(2):79-83. doi: 10.4314/gmj.v52i2.3.


Objective: This study seeks to describe the pattern of intracranial tumours in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) based on patient demographics, clinical presentation, spatial distribution of tumour and histological findings.

Method: The study design is retrospective and descriptive. Data was obtained from the clinical records of patients with intracranial tumours treated in our neurosurgery unit between January 2010 to December 2015, and histology reports obtained from the histopathology unit. Patients with intracranial tumours without definitive histological diagnosis were excluded.

Results: Of the 102 histologically diagnosed brain tumours, out of 335 brain tumour cases seen in the period under review, 58 (56.9%) were females and 44 (43.1%) were males (p = 0.031). Gliomas were the commonest intracranial tumours - 39(38.2%) followed by Meningiomas 37(36.2%) and Pituitary Adenoma - 9(8.8%). Astrocytoma was the commonest type of Glioma comprising 30(77%) of the 39 cases. Meningotheliomatous meningioma was the commonest type of meningioma with 11 (29.7%) of 37 cases. Of the 39 Gliomas 17(43.6%) were males and 22(56.4%) were females, while for the Meningioma 17(46%) were males and 20(54%) were females. The commonest symptom was headache (64%) and the commonest tumour location was supratentorial (77.5%). The crude incidence rate of intracranial tumours in this study was 1.34 per 100,000 populations per year.

Conclusion: Gliomas are the commonest intracranial tumours seen in our series. Overall, females were more commonly affected than males in most brain tumours in this series, including both gliomas and meningiomas.

Funding: Not declared.

Keywords: Incidence; Intracranial tumours; glioma; tumour pattern.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / complications
  • Brain Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Ghana / epidemiology
  • Glioma / complications
  • Glioma / epidemiology*
  • Headache / epidemiology
  • Headache / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Meningioma / complications
  • Meningioma / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / complications
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Distribution
  • Tertiary Care Centers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult