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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

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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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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Please help docs! Is my brain cyst causing me to become dumber?

Please help docs! Is my brain cyst causing me to become dumber?

There is not: Sufficient information to answer this question. Please clarify ; re-ask or inquire of your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Fluctuating headache for two weeks, no other symptoms (vision, balance, speech is ok).Chances of brain cyst? Would other symptoms be present with one?

Fluctuating headache for two weeks, no other symptoms (vision, balance, speech is ok).Chances of brain cyst? Would other symptoms be present with one?

Unlikely: Headaches are common while brain cyst or tumor are not! See a neurologist if you have family history of brain lesions and your headache persists! ...Read more

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How often the brain cyst should be MRI-ed?

How often the brain cyst should be MRI-ed?

Depends: Size, location, type, symptoms all factor into considering how often to do follow up MRI for brain cysts. ...Read more

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I am getting surgery to drain a brain cyst?

Benign: 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. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having surgery to drain a brain cyst?

What to do if I'm having surgery to drain a brain cyst?

Brain cyst: I am not sure there is anything you need to do other than having a preoperative consultation with the surgeon and what is being done and what to expect from the surgery and the postoperative care. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between a brain cyst and brain tumour?

Please help! What is the difference between a brain cyst and brain tumour?

Semantics: A cyst is a fluid filled sac. A tumor is a solid mass of cells, that sometimes contain tumor fluid that is also called a tumor cyst. A typical brain cyst is benign. A tumor typically is not. Your neurosurgeon can explain those differences when evaluating the MRI study. ...Read more

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When they remove a brain cyst, how many days will someone spend in the hospital? How long is recovery?

When they remove a brain cyst, how many days will someone spend in the hospital? How long is recovery?

Depends: On the location and size of the cyst. If easily accessible you may only spend 2-3 days in hospital. You should speak with your neurosurgeon who can discuss the expectations of surgery and recovery at length. ...Read more

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Docs, could a brain tumor be mistaken for a brain cyst?

Docs, could a brain tumor be mistaken for a brain cyst?

Brain tumor v. cyst: It depends on the imaging test. A technically adequate contrast enhanced MRI scan should be able to make this determination most of the time. It may be more difficult without contrast, or if only a CT was performed. ...Read more

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Can Dandy-Walker syndrome be mistaken for a brain cyst as a 41-year old adult?

Can Dandy-Walker syndrome be mistaken for a brain cyst as a 41-year old adult?

Dandy Walker: Syndrome can be associated with fluid-filled cysts in certain parts of the brain, commonly the cerebellum. It's not mistaken for a brain cyst. There may be other structural abnormalities. Most people afflicted with Dandy Walker Syndrome have obvious neurologic and/or cognitive deficiencies starting in early childhood. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a brain cyst turn into a tumor, kill you or cause might it be possible that acer?

Might it be possible that a a brain cyst turn into a tumor, kill you or cause might it be possible that acer?

Brain tumor: No, if something was a cyst, it is a cyst, . However there are brain tumors that are cystic to start with. It willdepend on how your diagnosis was made and what were the follow-ups. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was just diagnosed with a 4 mm brain cyst in my right frontal lobe. Should I worry about it>?

What do you advise if I was just diagnosed with a 4 mm brain cyst in my right frontal lobe. Should I worry about it>?

Good care, not worry: This depends on various factors and a consultation with a good neurologist or neurosurgeon should allow you to understand the nature of the cyst and the best management. Repeat or periodic imaging may be recommended. Often, a small cyst remains stable over time and may not require intervention. ...Read more

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I recently went for a mri scan where they have picked up a brain cyst in the front left lobe they don't know what type of cyst this is. Need to worry?

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I recently went for a mri scan where they have picked up a brain cyst in the front left lobe they don't know what type of cyst this is. Need to worry?

Brain cyst: Too early to worry. Wait for feedback from your doctor about any further workup to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had 3 grade 2-3 concussions I have a brain cyst inlarged ventroles in brain and large groupings of blood vesicles in brain can I play rugby.

I have had 3 grade 2-3 concussions I have a brain cyst inlarged ventroles in brain and large groupings of blood vesicles in brain can I play rugby.

Not advisable: Concussions which represent brain damaging events, are cumulative in effect. It appears you already have visible damage on imagine. Continuing to play a vigorous contact sport with the likelihood of further concussion and brain injury would be very dangerous and I'll advised. ...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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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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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 don't 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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When getting a brain cyst removed, do doctors shave all of your head or just the part where surgery is done?

When getting a brain cyst removed, do doctors shave all of your head or just the part where surgery is done?

Response: The surgical approach will vary based upon the location of the cyst, and the extent of either mass effect or symptomatic expression. Typically, shaving the hair is just a minimal aspect of the procedure, and usually only involves the localized site of access. ...Read more

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Would there be treatment for an arachnoid brain cyst (17mm x 18mm) that is causing excruciating pain? What would the treatment most likely be?

Would there be treatment for an arachnoid brain cyst (17mm x 18mm) that is causing excruciating pain? What would the treatment most likely be?

Diagnosis first: First you have to make 100% sure that the symptoms (pain) are indeed due to the cyst. What if you go after the cyst (surgery?), and then find out that the pain was due to a migraine, and the cyst was just an innocent "bystander", and not the cause of the pain? ...Read more

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My mother was recently diagnosed with two brain cysts located at the back of her brain. Size 7 cm. Could these cysts be causing mental confusion?

My mother was recently diagnosed with two brain cysts located at the back of her brain. Size 7 cm. Could these cysts be causing mental confusion?

Probably not answer: Might suggest that the cysts could be benign and of arachnoid cyst origin, but cannot exclude an infection such as cysticercosis or even a new tumor presence. Mental confusion in older folks often due to medication reaction, but may be of Alzheimer's origin. In summary, have all of this directly evaluated by an expert neurologist, and maybe even get a neurosurgeon involved. So, get answers. ...Read more

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I have a brain cyst 3cm in left frontal lobe would it hurt if I was also pregnant?

Estrogen receptors: If this is a cystic meningioma. Its possible that the hormones of pregnancy could stimulate its growth... At least a biopsy would be useful or preferably removal. ...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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What infections would cause you to have brain cysts whereby the cysts are too small to show up on an MRI with no contrast? Toxoplasma gondii?

What infections would cause you to have brain cysts whereby the cysts are too small to show up on an MRI with no contrast? Toxoplasma gondii?

Brain cyst: Mri studies are extremely sensitive born brain cysts and they detect even small ones - if related to infection these cysts typically enhance with contrast. ...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