Dural lesions mimicking meningiomas

Mahlon D. Johnson, Suzanne Zein-Eldin Powell, Philip J. Boyer, Robert J. Weil, Paul L. Moots

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Recently, a number of neoplastic and nonneoplastic entities have been reported that radiographically and clinically mimic meningiomas. Because these lesions occur infrequently and may resemble a meningioma during intraoperative analysis, they may not be considered in the differential diagnosis. This review (and case illustrations) considers some of the newly recognized and notable lesions that can mimic meningiomas, including solitary fibrous tumors, gliosarcomas, leiomyosarcomas, hemangiopericytomas, melanocytomas, Hodgkin's disease, plasmacytomas, inflammatory pseudotumors, neurosarcoidosis, plasma cell granulomas, Rosai-Dorfman disease, Castleman's disease, xanthomas, rheumatoid nodules, and tuberculomas. Awareness that these lesions involve the dura may facilitate intraoperative recognition and, in some cases, preclude unnecessary additional surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1226
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Pathology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


  • Castleman's disease
  • Dura
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Inflammatory pseudotumors
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Meningioma
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Plasma cell granuloma
  • Plasmacytoma
  • Rheumatoid nodules
  • Rosai-Dorfman disease
  • Solitary fibrous tumor
  • Xanthoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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