Background. Anterior clinoidal meningiomas are considered different from meningiomas of the medial sphenoid wing, but there is still some confusion about identification. The current classification scheme only considers tumour origin and invasion pattern around the clinoid process as indicators of resectability. However, the size of the tumour has important effects on surgical outcome. The purpose of this study was to analyze our clinical experience with anterior clinoidal meningiomas and refine the current classification scheme.