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Common physical examination findings of meningioma include decreased visual acuity, hearing loss, ataxia, muscle weakness, focal neurological deficits, and more. Patients with meningioma present with different signs depending on the location of the tumor, its character, and the structures it may compress. Some patients are asymptomatic and may have not present with sign on physical examination.

Physical Examination

Common physical examination findings associated with meningioma include:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Appearance of the Patient

  • Patients with meningioma usually appear normal.

Vital Signs

  • Vital signs of patients with meningioma are usually normal.


  • Skin examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.



  • Neck examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.


  • Pulmonary examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.


  • Cardiovascular examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.


  • Abdominal examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.


  • Back examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.


  • Genitourinary examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.



  • Extremities examination of patients with meningioma is usually normal.


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  2. Antunes C, Ramos R, Machado MJ, Filipe MA (2019). "Giant posterior fossa meningioma: the importance of early diagnosis and challenges concerning treatment". BMJ Case Rep. 12 (3). doi:10.1136/bcr-2018-228454. PMID 30898941.
  3. Sim SK, Khairul Aizad A, Lim SS, Wong A (2019). "Large falcine meningioma presented as treatment-resistant depression: A case report". Med J Malaysia. 74 (1): 87–89. PMID 30846670.
  4. Gyawali S, Sharma P, Mahapatra A (2019). "Meningioma and psychiatric symptoms: An individual patient data analysis". Asian J Psychiatr. 42: 94–103. doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2019.03.029. PMID 30999261.
  5. Welge-Luessen, A (2001). "Olfactory function in patients with olfactory groove meningioma". Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 70 (2): 218–221. doi:10.1136/jnnp.70.2.218. ISSN 0022-3050.
  6. Velho V, Agarwal V, Mally R, Palande DA (2012). "Posterior fossa meningioma "our experience" in 64 cases". Asian J Neurosurg. 7 (3): 116–24. doi:10.4103/1793-5482.103710. PMC 3532757. PMID 23293666.
  7. Kong X, Gong S, Lee IT, Yang Y (2018). "Microsurgical treatment of parafalcine meningiomas: a retrospective study of 126 cases". Onco Targets Ther. 11: 5279–5285. doi:10.2147/OTT.S162274. PMC 6124789. PMID 30214233.
  8. Oi S, Saito K, Ichikawa M, Aimi Y, Okada T, Nagatani T; et al. (2008). "[Case of large sphenoid ridge meningioma treated by 2-stage surgery]". No Shinkei Geka. 36 (10): 885–90. PMID 18975564.
  9. Honeybul S, Neil-Dwyer G, Lang DA, Evans BT, Ellison DW (2001). "Sphenoid wing meningioma en plaque: a clinical review". Acta Neurochir (Wien). 143 (8): 749–57, discussion 758. PMID 11678395.
  10. Saha R, Jakhar K, Kumar R (2016). "Sphenoid Wing Meningioma Presenting as Cognitive Impairment". Shanghai Arch Psychiatry. 28 (3): 173–176. doi:10.11919/j.issn.1002-0829.215142. PMC 5434305. PMID 28638189.