Meningiomas

This information is useful for children and adults
A man with meningiomas stares out of a window.

Our brains are covered by a thin layer of tissue, known as the dura, which can sometimes give rise to tumors. Called meningiomas, these “brain” tumors are most often found near the top and the outer curve of the brain, or at the base of the skull and pushing on the brain (as opposed to arising in it). Most meningiomas are benign and slow-growing. However, each year approximately 371 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with atypical or anaplastic meningiomas, which mean they can spread to other parts of the body.  

Doctors at Yale Medicine are experts in the management of meningiomas. Our brain tumor surgeons are specialized in removing these tumors, safely and effectively, leading to better patient outcomes. The Yale Medicine Gamma Knife Center uses precisely directed radiation to treat such tumors when necessary. 

Says Jennifer Moliterno, MD, a Yale Medicine specialized meningioma brain surgeon, "Coming to a place like Yale, with doctors who are dedicated solely to helping patients with these types of brain tumors, is incredibly important to ensuring appropriate care. We understand the diagnosis can be extremely scary for anyone and we are here to help every step of the way.”