A current review of spinal meningiomas: epidemiology, clinical presentation and management

Aladine A. Elsamadicy, Benjamin C. Reeves, Samuel Craft, Josiah J.Z. Sherman, Andrew B. Koo, Sumaiya Sayeed, Margot Sarkozy, Luis Kolb, Sheng Fu Larry Lo, John H. Shin, Daniel M. Sciubba, Ehud Mendel

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Purpose: To provide an up-to-date review of the epidemiology, histopathology, molecular biology, and etiology of spinal meningiomas, as well as discuss the clinical presentation, clinical evaluation, and most recent treatment recommendations for these lesions. Methods: PubMed and Google Scholar search was performed for studies related to meningiomas of the spine. The terms “meningioma,” “spinal meningioma,” “spine meningioma,” “meningioma of the spine,” “benign spinal tumors,” and “benign spine tumors,” were used to identify relevant studies. All studies, including primary data papers, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, general reviews, case reports, and clinical trials were considered for review. Results: Eighty-four studies were identified in the review. There were 22 studies discussing adverse postoperative outcomes, 21 studies discussing tumor genetics, 19 studies discussing epidemiology and current literature, 9 studies discussing radiation modalities and impact on subsequent tumor development, 5 studies on characteristic imaging findings, 5 studies discussing hormone use/receptor status on tumor development, 2 discussing operative techniques and 1 discussing tumor identification. Conclusion: Investigations into spinal meningiomas generally lag behind that of intracranial meningiomas. Recent advancements in the molecular profiling of spinal meningiomas has expanded our understanding of these tumors, increasing our appreciation for their heterogeneity. Continued investigation into the defining characteristics of different spinal meningiomas will aid in treatment planning and prognostication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-404
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of neuro-oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • Meningioma
  • Spinal Meningiomas
  • Spinal Tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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