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Benign Cyst On Brain
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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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