Introduction: The surgery of giant intracranial meningioma [GIM] is unique and technically challenging due to its large size,prominent
vascularity,limited visualisation and entangling of various neurovascular structures and severe cerebral edema.The study
reports the authors surgical experience of 80 GIM cases,the operative challenges as well as surgical outcome and
various factors influencing survival.
Methods: A retrospective analysis of 80 patients of histologically proven meningioma of size 5cm who underwent surgical
treatment at LSU Health Sciences Center,Shreveport,Louisiana,USA over twenty year period is
presented.The clinical and radiological data were collected and the tumours were categorised into histological groups
according to WHO classification.
Results: The study included 27 males[33.8%] and 53 females [66.3%].The mean age of the cohort was 56 years.The mean size of the tumor was 56.4 mm with a range from 50 mm to 84 mm.Skull base
was the most common location[57 patients, 71.3%].Simpson Grade 1 excision was achieved in 9 patients [11.3%] whereas
Grade 2 excision was achieved in 57 patients [71.3%].80% of the tumors belonged to WHO grade 1.The operative
mortality was seen in 4 patients [5%].Regression analysis showed age, sex, location of the tumor,neuronavigation,Simpson
grade of excision and histology of tumor were the factors which significantly affected the recurrence free survival[RFS].
Conclusions: The surgery for GIM is unique in different ways due to various reasons.The surgical outcome of GIM is worse when compared to non-GIM tumors.As surgery for GIM is formidable,radiological characteristics can be useful adjuncts for planning an effective and safe surgical strategy.Safe-maximal resection should be the goal especially for GIM located at skullbase. The factors such as
young age, male sex, use of neuronavigation and skullbase location positively influence RFS while Simpson Grade of
excision [Grade 3/Grade 4] and poor histological grade adversely influence the survival.A careful pre-operative evaluation,
understanding of the risk factors,effective surgical approach and judicious use of intra-op adjuncts are the key factors
which play a pivotal role in GIM resection.
Patient Care: The article provides an overview on the latest nuances in the resection of GIM and associated technical challenges. It helps in gross total resection of the lesion with minimal post-op neurologic deficits.
Learning Objectives: 1. Advanced surgical nuances vs technical challenges in Giant intracranial meningioma resection.
2. Prognostic factors of GIM tumors.
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