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Meningioma - Jugular Foramen - Radiology

last modified on: Tue, 03/12/2024 - 09:38

updated 2024 by Piper Wenzel BS

  • Rare, represent 0.7 to 4% of all posterior fossa meningiomas (Thomas et al. 2015)
  • Present in 4th or 5th decade of life; more common in females (Thomas et al. 2015)
  • Common presenting symptoms include hearing loss, tinnitus, and middle ear mass (Thomas et al. 2015)
  • Look for permeative-sclerotic bony erosions on CT and tumor spread along dural surfaces on post-contrast T1 MR
  • Typically large at presentation with poorly-defined margins and centrifugal spread, especially along dura
  • Treatment involves observation with serial imaging, surgery, or radiation (Tolisano et al. 2018)
  • On CT: hyperdense mass with permeative-sclerotic bony changes without contrast; high density with contrast
  • CT spread patterns:
    • Superolateral to middle-ear mastoid space
    • Lateral to CN VII mastoid segment
    • Anterior to horizontal petrous ICA canal
    • Anteromedial to petrous apex
  • On MR:
    • Hypo- to isointense on T1 with ABSENT flow voids and rarely bright calcifications
    • Hypointense on T2
    • FLAIR hyperintense
    • T1 post-contrast is hyperintense with good definition of spread


Tolisano AM, Lin K, Isaacson B. Jugular Foramen Meningioma. Otol Neurotol. 2018;39(3):e222-e223. doi:10.1097/MAO.0000000000001709

Thomas AJ, Wiggins RH 3rd, Gurgel RK. Nonparaganglioma jugular foramen tumors. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Apr;48(2):343-59. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.12.008. Epub 2015 Feb 4. PMID: 25659512.

Ota Y, Liao E, Capizzano AA, Yokota H, Baba A, Kurokawa R, Kurokawa M, Moritani T, Yoshii K, Srinivasan A. MR diffusion and dynamic-contrast enhanced imaging to distinguish meningioma, paraganglioma, and schwannoma in the cerebellopontine angle and jugular foramen. J Neuroimaging. 2022 May;32(3):502-510. doi: 10.1111/jon.12959. Epub 2021 Dec 22. PMID: 34936708.