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Meningioma Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms of meningioma are usually related to the area of the brain that is affected. Often the symptoms are caused by increased pressure within the skull, from blockage or inflammation. Symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Visual problems
  • Changes in behavior
  • Epilepsy
  • Pain
  • Loss of sensation or weakness in the arms and legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Slurred speech (if tumor is on the left side of the brain)
  • Loss of coordination and memory loss (if tumor is in the temporal lobe)
  • Difficulty writing (if tumor is in the parietal lobe)


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. You will also be given a neurologic test to assess your motor skills. Other tests may include:

  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body, in this case the head
  • MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of the inside of the body, in this case the head
  • Angiogram —the injection of a special dye to highlight blood vessels in the brain
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) —a test that records the brain's activity by measuring electrical currents through the brain
  • Blood tests—Recently, a blood test has been reported to be available that may assist in the detection of meningiomas.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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