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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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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Watch for seizures
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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

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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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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Maintain good sleep habits to avoid seizures
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Be careful to take medications on time and at the proper dosage
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Maintain good nutrition and avoid hunger
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How dangerous is a brain cyst?

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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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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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

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more

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