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Karan M. Kohli, Joshua Loewenstern, Remi A. Kessler, Margaret Pain, Christina A. Palmese, Joshua Bederson and Raj K. Shrivastava


With increasing general use of antidepressants (ADs), multiple studies have noted a small protective effect of ADs for patients with glioma, but their impact on meningioma has not been established. This study aims to evaluate the role of ADs in the context of additional clinical factors in relation to long-term risk of meningioma recurrence.


One hundred five patients with an intracranial meningioma presenting from 2011–2014 with at least 3 years of follow-up (median 4.2 years) after resection were reviewed. AD use along with demographics, tumor characteristics, and outcomes were recorded. Multivariate logistic regression was used to analyze the association of AD use with tumor recurrence, including other clinical measures significantly associated with recurrence as covariates.


Twenty-nine patients (27.4%) were taking ADs (27 selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, 2 norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors) prior to tumor recurrence. Their tumors largely affected the frontal (31.0%) or parietal lobe (17.2%) and were located in convexity, parasagittal, or falcine (CPF) areas more frequently than skull base areas relative to the tumors of non-AD users (p = 0.035). AD use was found to be an independent predictor of recurrence, in addition to subtotal resection and WHO grade II/III classification (p values < 0.05). The median time from AD prescription to tumor recurrence was 36.6 months (interquartile range [IQR] = 20.9–62.9 months) and median length of AD use was 41.4 months (IQR = 24.7–62.8 months).


AD use was an independent predictor of meningioma recurrence. This association may be due to mood or affective changes caused by tumor location in CPF regions that may be a sign of early recurrence. The finding calls attention to AD use in the management of patients with meningioma, and warrants further exploration of an underlying relationship.