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A 35-year-old member asked:

What will happen if i don't have surgery for my colloid cyst?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Depends on cyst size: When the cyst becomes large enough, it can cause hydrocephalus. This can be life threatening in a rapid fashion.
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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Depends: Any symptoms yet? For asymptomatic cysts - you may never become symptomatic. Cases of sudden death have been discussed but are highly infrequent. Ask your neurosurgeon who can give you more specific instructions - based on your individual films and clinical exam.
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Last updated Aug 4, 2015

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