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how do you tell the difference between a pineal tumor and a pineal cyst

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Cheng
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
A biopsy or imaging: True pineal gland cysts are not brain tumors; rather, they are a completely benign cysts. The large majority of pineal gland cysts do not enlarge much ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yuan Lin
Dr. Yuan Lin answered
37 years experience Pathology
Pineal cyst or tumor: Pineal cyst is a non-neoplastic glial cyst within the pineal gland. Pineal tumor is usually neoplastic, benign or malignant.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bikash Bose
44 years experience Neurosurgery
Pineal cyst: It is not big. It is probably benign and can be evaluated by mri.Usually they don't shrink . This size cyst should not cause any visual problems
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
May not be cyst: Pineal gland cysts are generally thought to be incidental findings on imaging studies and do not tend to cause major symptoms such as headaches, blurr ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harris Cohen
20 years experience Family Medicine
Skin: Masses under the skin that are rubbery and freely mobile are often benign, but the only way to really know would be an excision or tissue sampling and ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Biopsy: A biopsy is the only way to tell if a tumor is malignant. A pathologist will examine the cells under the microscope and decide.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
41 years experience Plastic Surgery
H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physic ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Ultrasound or Needle: It is very easy to distinguish being a cyst, which is fluid-filled, and a tumor, which is almost-always solid, by performing an ultrasound. Alternati ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
No clue: Not sure what you mean. Is this from a radiology report? I suggest you discuss it with the doc who ordered it so he/she can put it in context.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron Eaker
Dr. Ron Eaker answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Can be the same: A developing ovarian follicle is actually cystic, so all follicles are cysts, but not all cysts are follicles. Most follicles are small so the bigges ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
39 years experience Radiology
Not always clear cut: Purely simple, smooth ovarian cysts are considered benign. Cysts with debris, septations or nodules along their walls can be concerning. Sometimes we ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience Pathology
Imaging & Biopsy: There are several ways in which a physician may determine the difference between a benign ovarian cyst and a tumor (neoplasm). Blood tests for some t ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
54 years experience Internal Medicine
He is usually able: To tell the difference
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Semantics: A cyst is a fluid filled sac. A tumor is a solid mass of cells, that sometimes contain tumor fluid that is also called a tumor cyst. A typical brain c ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
26 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Malignant cells don't look like normal cells, and these differences can be seen when the biopsy is examined by the pathologist under the microscope.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Cl exam & tests: Brain tumors will cause increase in the intracranial pressure, could easily detected by ct or MRI , some times with no reason intracranial pressure i ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Pineal cyst: Most pineal cysts are not removed unless they are causing symptoms. There are several treatments which most included various surgical approaches to dr ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Saponaro
39 years experience Internal Medicine
CTScan: A brain CT Scan.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Migraine or tumor: A neurologist can help you greatly by providing tests that look into your brain. They are painless and give lots of information. Migraine is much mo ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgardo Ordonez
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Brain imaging: One is a description of what an image appears like to the interpreting radiologist on a radiographic study. Its like saying dark, light, etc in relati ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
A Biopsy: A sample of the tissue will be sent to the Pathologist by your Surgeon. The Pathologist will examine the tissue microscopically to determine the tumor ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanjay Jain
33 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: Tumor is a general term for a growth that is not supposed to be there. They can be benign ( non-cancerous) and cancerous. Cancerous growths have poten ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hugo Ribot
34 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends : Ovarian cysts are often asymptomatic and found incidentally by exam or sonogram. The same goes for fibroids. If a cyst is going to cause symptoms, i ... Read More
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