A 20-year-old female asked:
i have been diagnosed with a arachnoid cyst, what can i do besides surgery to live with this?
3 doctor answers
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
Dr. K.C. Brewington answered
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
Dr. Seth Zeidman answered
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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