Radiation-Induced Meningioma: The Changing Pattern of the Disease
G. Sviri, A. Sahar, M. Feinsod
Depts of Neurosurgery, Rambam and Sheba Medical Centers, Haifa and Tel Hashomer; and The B. Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
In this country radiation-induced meningiomas were usually associated with low-dose irradiation of the scalp of immigrants from North Africa, given as part of the treatment of tinea capitis. An Ashkenazi patient developed meningiomas 15 years after high-dose irradiation for a benign lesion in the parasellar region. The accumulating literature about high-dose radiation-induced meningiomas is reviewed and attention is drawn to the ever increasing number of meningiomas observed in immigrants from the former Soviet Union.