Nuno M Simas, João Paulo Farias

Surgical Neurology International 2013 4(1):86-86

Background: Sphenoid wing en plaque meningiomas are a subgroup of meningiomas defined by its particular sheet-like dural involvement and its disproportionately large bone hyperostosis. En plaque meningiomas represent 2-9% of all meningiomas and they are mainly located in the sphenoid wing. Total surgical resection is difficult and therefore these tumors have high recurrence rates. Methods: Eighteen patients with sphenoid wing en plaque meningiomas surgically treated between January 1998 and December 2008 were included. Clinical, surgical, and follow-up data were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Mean age was 52.2 years and 83% were female. Five patients presented extension of dural component into the orbit and six patients presented cavernous sinus infiltration. Adjuvant radiation therapy was performed in three patients. After a mean follow-up of 4.6 years, five patients developed tumor recurrence - two patients were submitted to surgical treatment and the other three were submitted to radiation therapy. No patient presented recurrence after radiation therapy, whether performed immediately in the postoperative period or performed after recurrence. Patients without tumor extension to cavernous sinus or orbital cavity have the best prognosis treated with surgery alone. When tumor extension involves these locations the recurrence rate is high, especially in cases not submitted to adjuvant radiation therapy. Conclusion: Cavernous sinus and superior orbital fissure involvement are frequent and should be considered surgical limits. Postoperative radiation therapy is indicated in cases with residual tumor in these locations.