Intracranial meningeal hemangiopericytoma metastatic to the scapula

Academic Article


  • Meningeal hemangiopericytomas are rare vascular tumors that have a propensity for recurrence and metastasis. Intracranial hemangiopericytomas are rare vascular tumors. They account for 0.5% of primary central nervous system tumors and 2% of meningiomas. Unlike usual benign meningiomas, which rarely metastasize extracranially, meningeal hemangiopericytoma has a high rate of local recurrence and distant metastasis. The treatment paradigms for hemangiopericytomas and meningiomas differ based on their biological behaviors. Hemangiopericytomas have higher rates of recurrence and metastasis compared with meningiomas. Intracranial meningeal hemangiopericytoma is characterized by clinically repeated local recurrences at the primary site. Bone, liver, lung, central nervous system, and abdominal cavity are the most commonly reported sites of metastasis in hemangiopericytomas. This article describes a case of bone metastasis with extensive involvement of the scapula from intracranial hemangiopericytoma. Bone metastasis can be seen in a relatively late phase of the disease, with metastasis to other organs. Although radiation therapy is effective in controlling pain from bone metastases in unresectable disease and those with extensive visceral metastases, aggressive local surgical control of a solitary bone metastasis may be an option for patients with limited distant disease. The diagnosis may be initially confused with clear cell meningioma and benign meningiomas. The management of bone metastasis is not well reported in the orthopedic literature.
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  • Orthopedics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Siegel HJ; Lopez-Ben R; Sutton JH; Siegal GP
  • Volume

  • 35
  • Issue

  • 1