Menin­giomas in the UAE

Friday - - Health -

Menin­giomas are rare, slow-grow­ing brain tu­mours that start in the meninges, the thin lay­ers of tis­sue lo­cated be­tween the skull and the brain. Dr Karim Ben Hamouda, a specialist neu­ro­sur­geon at the Neuro Spinal Hospi­tal in Dubai, says about 200 people in the UAE are di­ag­nosed with menin­giomas ev­ery year. They oc­cur twice as fre­quently in women as men, and usu­ally af­fect people in their 40s and 50s. “Be­tween 15 and 20 per cent of all brain tu­mours are menin­giomas, and about 95 per cent of menin­giomas are be­nign,” says Dr Hamouda. “Their symp­toms de­pend on the size of the tu­mour and its lo­ca­tion within the brain.” Symp­toms in­clude co-or­di­na­tion or vi­sion prob­lems, seizures, weak­ness in the arm and legs, headaches and sleepi­ness. Most tu­mours are re­moved by surgery. In more com­pli­cated cases ra­dio­surgery – a lo­calised ra­dio­ther­apy – is used. www.nsh­dubai.com

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