Clinical use of octreotide in unresectable meningiomas. A report of three cases

J Neurosurg Sci. 1993 Dec;37(4):237-41.


Unresectable meningioma is the cause of a serious clinical problem, for whom no satisfactory mode of treatment is currently available. Meningiomas are known to have receptors for diverse hormones. In this sense, somatostatin receptors were found in every meningioma specimen studied in a recent report. In addition, somatostatin has been able to inhibit meningioma cell proliferation in vitro. A brief report of clinical use of somatostatin long-life analogue octreoctide upon three patients diagnosed of unresectable meningioma is here presented. Doses used were gradually increased up to 1000, 900 and 1500 micrograms/24 h during 16, 6 and 7 weeks, respectively. There was an almost perfect tolerance to the drug (in one case a mild and transient abdominal discomfort and diarrhea could be observed). An important alleviation of headaches in 2 cases, and a transient but objective improvement in ocular movements and signs in 1 case were noticed. No change (neither growth nor shrinkage) was observed by CT scan at the end of treatment course in the three cases studied. In 1 case a partial resection was performed and tissue specimen was found to contain somatostatin receptors. Although in our very limited experience no brilliant results are presented, duration of treatment or doses used could have been insufficient. Data herein presented seem to support recently reported findings in which no growth inhibition of meningioma cells cultured in vitro by adding octreoctide to the medium was observed. So, in our opinion, clinical use of octreoctide on unresectable meningioma deserves further experience, that must be carried out with great caution.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Meningioma / drug therapy*
  • Octreotide / therapeutic use*


  • Octreotide