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Dr. Troy Reyna answered:

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?

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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.
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

How dangerous is a brain cyst?

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Depends on the location in the brain, & the resultant neurologic effects.
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Is a cyst on the brain deadly?

Depends on cause

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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.
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Is a cyst in your brain dangerous?

Usually not

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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
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Dr. Troy Reyna answered:

I am getting surgery to drain a brain cyst?

Benign

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most likely it is a benign cyst that does not communicate with the normal brain fluid circulation. a shunt can be placed to drain the fluid into the abdomen where it can be safely absorbed and prevent the cyst from enlarging and affecting normal brain function. surgery is safe and usually in hospital overnite then home.
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Brain right ventricle 8mm lesion -cyst or tumor?

Hard to say

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If the interpretation on the MRI by the radiologist is that it is a cyst, then it is likely benign. It also depends if there is any area of enhancement that would suggest a tumor. Also if you have serial MRI scans, you can tell if it is getting bigger or changing which is more likely a tumor. The location in the ventricle is important too. If it obstructs the foramen it could be a problem.
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How dangerous cyst in right occipital lobe of brain?

Cyst in the brain

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If it is just a cyst then there is no real danger other than a slight increase in bleeding. The key question is that this cyst is not associated with another lesion. Arachnoid cysts are now commonly found as part of MR studies.
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What happens to a child who has brain tapeworm cyst?

Brain Tumor

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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.
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Dr. James Burns answered:

How dangerous cyst in tight occipital lobe of brain?

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type of cyst, exact location and size and if you have any symptoms. Contact physician requesting the study to explain.
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Please help docs! Is my brain cyst causing me to become dumber?

There is not

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sufficient information to answer this question. Please clarify & re-ask or inquire of your physician. Take care.
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