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6yrs ag- MRI done, tiny cyst on brain and was never told to follow up w/doc or that it was a problem. Can it be known if cysts are benign via MRI only?

6yrs ag- MRI done, tiny cyst on brain and was never told to follow up w/doc or that it was a problem. Can it be known if cysts are benign via MRI only?

6 years?: Did you wait 6 years to ask this question? I suggest a repeat MRI- most of these cysts are benign: your question should be addressed to your private physician. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I have a brain cyst that is benign. My doctor said the only treatment is a shunt. Can the shunt be used to drain the cyst, what to do?

I have a brain cyst that is benign. My doctor said the only treatment is a shunt. Can the shunt be used to drain the cyst, what to do?

Yes: A cyst is an isolated collection of fluid that may continue to fill and enlarge putting pressure on the normal brain and affecting function. A shunt would drain the cyst limit its growth and allow normal brain function. ...Read more

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MRI done 6 yrs ago, very tiny cyst on brain, never referred to physician, should I worry? Notes on MRI from radiologist made it seem extremely benign

MRI done 6 yrs ago, very tiny cyst on brain, never referred to physician, should I worry? Notes on MRI from radiologist made it seem extremely benign

Rest easy: The only thing that puzzles me is why you've started to worry about a 6-year-old MRI. That cyst was most likely there when you were born and it'll be there when you die. If it hasn't caused any problems by now, I think you can stop fretting about it. ...Read more

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I have an extreme pulsating/tingling sensation in my right temple. Im a 33 y/o f with an arachnoid cyst at my skull base (benign) with partial seizures in my temporal lobe. I take 200 mg of topamax 2x daily. hope this helps. ?

I have an extreme pulsating/tingling sensation in my right temple. Im a 33 y/o f with an arachnoid cyst at my skull base (benign) with partial seizures in my temporal lobe. I take 200 mg of topamax 2x daily. hope this helps. ?

Go to the ER: I would imagine that you have been to the emergency room many times in the past. However, in a situation like this, I would not hesitate to order a CT scan of your head if you presented to my emergency room in order to make sure that you do not have hydrocephalus, which can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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What causes brain cysts in adults?

What causes brain cysts in adults?

Formed long ago: The vast majority of brain cysts are congenital, meaning they formed when your brain was forming as an embryo and are innocent. The benign brain cysts dont change over time and ar nothing to worry about. Frequently found when you have a brain scan performed for an unrelated reason. ...Read more

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What are common causes of brain cysts?

What are common causes of brain cysts?

Can be infectious: Benign cysts can be congenital. They can come from some infections (parasites) or a cyst can sometimes be from head trauma. ...Read more

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Could unhealthy eating cause brain cysts?

Could unhealthy eating cause brain cysts?

Yes indeed: Eating food -- especially fresh vegetables -- contaminaed by the feces of someone with the pig tapeworm is the cause of cysticercosis, a grisly infection of the brain by encysted worms. This isn't "unhealthy eating" as in "junk food instead of fruits and vegetables"; this is a problem that's genuine, authentic, very serious and unfortunately very common in many places. ...Read more

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Is a cyst on the brain deadly?

Is a cyst on the brain deadly?

Depends on cause: Many cysts in the brain are congenital, and quite benign, such as an incidental arachnoid cyst. Infections such as parasites may present as a brain cyst and cause seizures. Some bad tumors may grow so fast that the insides may die and become cystic. If there is concern, contact a local neurosurgeon, and get evaluation. ...Read more

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How harmful are pineal brain cysts?

How harmful are pineal brain cysts?

Pineal brain cysts: Pineal brain cysts are common but usually very small and causing no problem. Occasionally the cyst might be larger but you would have some symptoms that would lead to a brain scan to confirm or deny a larger brain cyst. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a brain cyst?

Brain cyst: Depends on the location in the brain, & the resultant neurologic effects. ...Read more

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Is a cyst in your brain dangerous?

Usually not: The most common cyst in the brain is an arachnoid cyst which is usually benign unless it becomes large enough to cause pressure on the brain. There are other cysts which are related to infections or tumors which are dangerous and can require surgery. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can a 4 mm brain cyst cause?

Please tell me what can a 4 mm brain cyst cause?

Brain cyst: A 4mm brain cyst is extremely small and likely not to cause any symptoms, likely you have had it for years and it was an incidental finding looking for something else. ...Read more

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Could you die from a brain cyst, what are some of the symptoms of a brain cyst?

Could you die from a brain cyst, what are some of the symptoms of a brain cyst?

Possibly: A brain cyst is normally benign fluid collection that grows and may put pressure on surrounding brain and affecting function. Could cause herniation which is bad. Treatment could consist of a shunt which would drain fluid into another portion of body that would allow for absorption of of the brain fluid and allow nl protected brain function and growth. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my mum and told her that I have either a cyst or a lesion on my brain, what is that?

Should i be concerned if my mum and told her that I have either a cyst or a lesion on my brain, what is that?

Get the facts: Even if you're a teen, if you're old enough to be online, you're old enough to be told the truth about any lesion see on one of your imaging studies -- brain or anywhere else. Get on the phone and call the radiologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for an arachnoid cyst on the brain?

What can be done for an arachnoid cyst on the brain?

Need for treatment : depends on size & location of arachnoid cysts & whether or not they cause neurological symptoms from pressure on underlying brain tissue. Neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive micro neurosurgical endoscopic procedures to remove membranes of a cyst or open a cyst so its fluid drains into the normally flowing cerebrospinal fluid. See www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/arachnoid_cysts/arachnoid_cysts. ...Read more

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What happens to a child who has brain tapeworm cyst?

What happens to a child who has brain tapeworm cyst?

Brain Tumor: It behaves like a brain tumor, with convulsions that may be difficult to control, and neurological deficits by compression of the brain tissue. Needs neurology and neurosurgery consults. ...Read more