Jaggon, Jacqueline R.; Char, Gurendra
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Epidemiologic data on meningiomas in Jamaica: The first from the Caribbean
The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine
Date of Publication
There is to date no data from the Caribbean regarding the occurrence of meningiomas. This ten year retrospective study examines the epidemiological features of meningiomas at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica. All meningiomas which were resected at this institution during the study period as well as those discovered at autopsy were included. There were a total of 67 meningiomas. 90% were surgically resected and of these 12% were spinal in location and 88% were intracranial with a male: female ratio of 1:7 and 1:2.8 respectively. Of the intracranial meningiomas, 89% were within the supratentorial compartment. Six percent of the total was malignant (WHO Grade III). Of the 7 documented recurrences, 2 were malignant, 2 were incompletely resected and 1 showed brain invasion histologically. This study is the first to reveal the epidemiological pattern of meningiomas in Kingston, Jamaica and also highlights some important aspects of those which recur.....