Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 160, Issue 8, pp 1531–1538 | Cite as

Volumetric tumor growth rates of meningiomas involving the intracranial venous sinuses

  • Jeffrey S. Ehresman
  • David Mampre
  • Davis Rogers
  • Alessandro Olivi
  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
  • Kaisorn L. ChaichanaEmail author
Original Article - Tumor - Meningioma



There is currently no consensus as to whether meningiomas located inside the venous sinuses should be aggressively or conservatively treated. The goals of this study were to identify how sinus-invading meningiomas grow, report and compare growth rates of tumor components inside and outside the different venous sinuses, identify risk factors associated with increased tumor growth, and determine the effects of the extent of tumor resection on recurrence for meningiomas that invade the dural venous sinuses.


Adult patients who underwent primary, non-biopsy resection of a WHO grade 1 meningioma invading the dural venous sinuses at a tertiary care institution between 2007 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Rates of tumor growth were fit to several growth models to evaluate the most accurate model. Cohen’s d analysis was used to identify associations with increased growth of tumor in the venous sinuses. Logistic regression was used to compare extent of resection with recurrence.


Of the 68 patients included in the study, 34 patients had postoperative residual tumors in the venous sinuses that were measured over time. The growth model that best fit the growth of intrasinus meningiomas was the Gompertzian growth model (r2 = 0.93). The annual growth rate of meningiomas inside the sinuses was 7.3%, compared to extrasinus tumors with 13.6% growth per year. The only factor significantly associated with increased tumor growth in sinuses was preoperative embolization (effect sizes (ES) [95% CI], 1.874 [7.633–46.735], p = 0.008).


This study shows that meningiomas involving the venous sinuses have a Gompertzian-type growth with early exponential growth followed by a slower growth rate that plateaus when they reach a certain size. Overall, the growth rate of the intrasinus portion is low (7.3%), which is half of the reported growth rates for other studies involving primarily extrasinus tumors.


Venous sinus Sagittal Cavernous Transverse Meningioma Growth rate 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

Institutional Review Board approval (72892) was obtained prior to the start of this study. For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey S. Ehresman
    • 1
  • David Mampre
    • 1
  • Davis Rogers
    • 1
  • Alessandro Olivi
    • 2
  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
    • 3
  • Kaisorn L. Chaichana
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.A. Gemelli University HospitalRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryMayo Clinic FloridaJacksonvilleUSA

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