Meningioangiomatosis with Skull Erosion

World Neurosurg. 2023 Aug:176:199-201. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2023.05.021. Epub 2023 May 11.


Meningioangiomatosis (MA) is a rare, poorly studied brain hamartomatous lesion, the etiology of which is not fully elucidated. It typically involves the leptomeninges, extending to the underlying cortex, characterized by small vessel proliferation, perivascular cuffing, and scattered calcifications. Given its close proximity to, or direct involvement of, the cerebral cortex, MA lesions typically manifest in younger patients as recurrent episodes of refractory seizures, comprising approximately 0.6% of operated-on intractable epileptic lesions. Due to the absence of characteristic radiological features, MA lesions constitute a significant radiological challenge, making them easy to miss or misinterpret. Although MA lesions are rarely reported with still-unknown etiology, it is prudent to be aware of these lesions for prompt diagnosis and management to avoid morbidity and mortality associated with delayed diagnosis and treatment. We present a case of a young patient with a first-time seizure caused by a right parieto-occipital MA lesion that was successfully excised via an awake craniotomy, achieving 100% seizure control.

Keywords: Brain imaging; Epilepsy; Meningioangiomatosis; Meningioma; Neuroradiology; Pediatric neurosurgery; Seizure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases* / pathology
  • Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations* / complications
  • Cerebral Cortex / pathology
  • Humans
  • Meningeal Neoplasms* / complications
  • Meningeal Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Meningeal Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Meninges / pathology
  • Meningioma* / complications
  • Meningioma* / diagnostic imaging
  • Meningioma* / surgery
  • Seizures / pathology
  • Skull / pathology