A Dural endothelioma is a tumor that arises from the meninges — the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Although not technically a brain tumor, it is included in this category because it may compress or squeeze the adjacent brain, nerves and vessels. Dural endothelioma is the most common type of tumor that forms in the head.
Immediate treatment isn't necessary for everyone with a Dural endothelioma. A small, slow-growing Dural endothelioma that isn't causing signs or symptoms may not require treatment.
1. If the Dural endothelioma causes signs and symptoms or shows signs that it's growing, your provider may recommend surgery.
2. Surgeons work to remove the Dural endothelioma completely. But because a Dural endothelioma may occur near many delicate structures in the brain or spinal cord, it isn't always possible to remove the entire tumor. In those cases, surgeons remove as much of the Dural endothelioma as possible.
3. The type of treatment, if any, you need after surgery depends on several factors.
4. Surgery may pose risks, including infection and bleeding. The specific risks of your surgery will depend on where your Dural endothelioma is located.
1. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), a type of radiation treatment that aims several beams of powerful radiation at a precise point.
2. Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), which delivers radiation in small fractions over time, such as one treatment a day for 30 days.
3. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which uses computer software to modify the intensity of radiation directed at the Dural endothelioma site.
4. Proton beam radiation, which uses radioactive protons precisely targeted at the tumor, reducing damage to the surrounding tissue.
Changes in vision, such as seeing double or blurriness,Headaches, especially those that are worse in the morning
Hearing loss or ringing in the ears,Memory loss,Loss of smell,Seizures,Weakness in arms or legs