Supratentorial Meningiomas in Children Homepage

Author

Subash Lohani, MD
Mark R. Proctor, M.D.

Section Editor

Paul Steinbok, M.D.

Editor in Chief

Rick Abbott, M.D.

Introduction

Meningiomas are common primary brain tumors, accounting for up to 25% of all tumors, with a peak incidence in the fifth decade of life. However, meningiomas are rare in the pediatric population, representing less than 5% of all supratentorial brain tumors in children (5,6,9).  Risk factors such as prior irradiation or a history of NF2 are much more common in children than in adults.

Key Points

  • Rare in children: Meningiomas are rare tumors in the pediatric population.
  • Underlying risk factor: An underlying risk factor, such as NF2 or prior cranial irradiation, is common.
  • Surgery: Surgical excision is the mainstay of therapy.