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i have been diagnosed with a arachnoid cyst, what can i do besides surgery to live with this?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Need more info: I have referred this to our experts in neurology.
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
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Dr. K.C. Brewington
25 years experience Neurosurgery
Likely benign: Arachnoid cysts are congenital lesions and if you have made it into adulthood, it is unlikely to need any intervention . If surgery is recommended, make sure to find out why as unless there are progressive neurological deficits directly attributable to the cyst, surgery is not indicated.
Answered on Jan 18, 2018
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Surg RARELY Needed: Arachnoid cysts are generally congenital (you are born with them) and rarely need surgery . Only when they are enlarging or putting pressure on the brain or brain stem do they require surgical intervention.
Answered on May 1, 2017
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Will try to get info: I will try to get more information on this for you from our neurosurgeons on healthtap. Please be patient. Many are literally still in the or> thanks ... Read More
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