Child's Nervous System

, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp 382–384 | Cite as

Postirradiation meningioma

  • Rinaldo Cantini
  • Marilena Burchianti
  • Maria Grazia Fabrini
  • Anna Maria Valleriani
  • Umberto Simi
Case Report


A case of meningioma of the posterior cranial fossa is reported. The tumor developed 12 years after radiation treatment for a polar spongibolastoma of the cerebellum in an 8-year-old boy. The possible role of the radiation in the oncogenesis of the second tumor is discussed. In light of the information in the literature concerning the malignancy of such postirradiation tumors, the authors recommend careful evaluation for the real necessity of radiation therapy, particularly for children in whom the meninges may be hypersensitive to ionizing radiation.

Key words

Brain tumor Radiation-induced meningioma Radiation therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinaldo Cantini
    • 1
  • Marilena Burchianti
    • 1
  • Maria Grazia Fabrini
    • 2
  • Anna Maria Valleriani
    • 1
  • Umberto Simi
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Pisa, S. Chiara General HospitalPisaItaly
  2. 2.Institute of RadiologyUniversity of Pisa, S. Chiara General HospitalPisaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Histology and Pathological AnatomyUniversity of Pisa, S. Chiara General HospitalPisaItaly

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