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Benign brain or spinal cord tumour

Current definition

March 2020

Benign brain or spinal cord tumour - resulting in permanent symptoms or specified treatment

A non-malignant tumour or cyst originating from the brain, cranial nerves or meninges within the skull or spinal cord, spinal nerves or meninges resulting in any of the following:

  1.  permanent neurological deficit with persisting clinical symptoms; or
  2. undergoing of or inclusion on the NHS waiting list for invasive surgery to remove all or part of the tumour; or
  3. undergoing either stereotactic radiosurgery or chemotherapy treatment to destroy tumour cells.

For the above definition, the following are not covered:

  • Tumours in the pituitary gland;
  • Tumours originating from bone tissue;
  • Cholesteatoma; and
  • Angiomas.
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Merged with spinal cord tumour definition and added early full payment for inclusion on NHS waiting list.

 

Previous definitions

ABI+

November 2015

Benign brain tumour – resulting in permanent symptoms

A non-malignant tumour or cyst originating from the brain, cranial nerves or meninges within the skull resulting in any of the following:

  • permanent neurological deficit with persisting clinical symptoms; or
  • undergoing invasive surgery to remove all or part of the tumour; or
  • undergoing either stereotactic radiosurgery or chemotherapy treatment to destroy tumour cells.

For the above definition, the following are not covered:

  • tumours in the pituitary gland;
  • tumours originating from bone tissue; and
  • angioma and cholesteatoma.