Orbit & optic nerve


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PubMed Search: Meningioma orbit

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Arise from meninges of optic nerve or extension of cranial meninges
  • Less common than intracranial tumor
  • Associated with hearing loss, optic atrophy and exophthalmos
  • Also papilledema if arises near inner sphenoidal ridge
Radiology images

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Large tumor of orbital apex

Clinical images

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Tumor arising adjacent to sphenoid wing

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Meningothelial pattern of whorled spindle cells, psammoma bodies
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Tumor growth within dura

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Tumor of superior lateral orbit

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Invasion of sphenoid bone

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Islands of meningothelial cells

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Small nests with a whorled pattern

Differential diagnosis
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