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Left Anterior Clinoid Meningioma Surgery

Brain Tumor | Last Active: Mar 15, 2019 | Replies (10)

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Hi… a family member had a meningioma treated at Mayo Rochester last August with the gamma knife. The procedure was a success, but she experienced significant post-procedure swelling about 4 months later and ended up having to go to the emergency room with a multitude of neurological symptoms. The steroids she had tapered off of were needed to be added back to control the swelling. She has had several more bouts of neuro symptoms each time the steroid was reduced. She is just coming back out of the hospital and rehab again on a new maintenance steroid plan. Her tumor was small enough to be a good gamma knife candidate. Not sure what the long-term plan will be. Hoping to find just the right dosing of steroids to control the swelling with out any significant side effects. She is a very young 81 years old.

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I'm kinda scared of the Gamma Knife. I've read a lot of complications from it months after the treatment. I hope I never have to do it but I probably will eventually.

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your family member. I hope she starts doing better soon. I know this whole thing can be wearing and any of the solutions — radiation and/or surgery — have a long road of recovery. Wishing her all the best and a speedy recovery!