Role of gamma knife surgery for intracranial atypical (WHO grade II) meningiomas: Clinical article

Shunya Hanakita, Tomoyuki Koga, Hiroshi Igaki, Naoya Murakami, Soichi Oya, Masahiro Shin, Nobuhito Saito

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Object. Atypical meningioma often recurs even after resection. As a salvage modality, radiotherapy or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is attempted for this aggressive tumor. This retrospective study was performed to evaluate the efficacy of SRS that involved Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for atypical meningioma. Methods. The authors reviewed records from 22 patients with histologically proven atypical meningioma who underwent GKS for 28 lesions at the authors' institute. The median patient age was 70 years (range 24-91 years), and the median tumor volume for each procedure was 6.0 cm3 (range 1.6-38.7 cm3). The margin dose ranged from 14 to 20 Gy (median 18 Gy). Follow-up periods ranged from 3 months to 98 months (median 23.5 months). Results. In total, 39 GKS procedures were performed for 28 lesions. The local control rates at 1, 2, and 5 years were 74%, 39%, and 16%, respectively. Volume less than 6 cm3 (p = 0.01), a margin dose higher than 18 Gy (p = 0.02), and a Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) score of 90 or more (p = 0.02) were factors associated with a longer duration of tumor control in the univariate analysis. Conclusions. Atypical meningioma could be more successfully controlled when a higher margin dose was used to treat patients with a good performance (KPS score of ≥ 90) status and smaller tumor volumes. It would be desired if patients are treated with a relatively higher margin dose, ideally as high as the dose applied for malignant tumor. A boost SRS after fractionated radiotherapy may be effective to achieve better local control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1414
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Atypical meningioma
  • Gamma knife surgery
  • Oncology
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery


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