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Doctor insights on: Brain Cyst Surgery Recovery

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I am getting surgery to drain a brain cyst?

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

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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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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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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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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My boyfriend's mom has a cyst in her brain and it's pushing against it, she's having surgery to remove the fluid, could she die while in surgery?

My boyfriend's mom has a cyst in her brain and it's pushing against it, she's having surgery to remove the fluid, could she die while in surgery?

We can not answer it: While we know there is risk of any surgical procedure and also risk of anesthesia.And rarely can end in mortality. But most surgeries are safe and the only person who can tell you the risks involved is the surgeon who is going to perform the surgery.I siggest you ask these question to the surgeon involved as to the risk of surgery Read more

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Do you have any suggestions on how I can get a brain MRI for free? Only went for one MRI after rathke cleft cyst surgery. Can't afford another mri.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can get a brain MRI for free? Only went for one MRI after rathke cleft cyst surgery. Can't afford another mri.

Touqh question: Short of going to a public health clinic and if deemed appropriate and your financial status supports your being seen in such a clinic, probably hard to arrange. However, if your physician deems you need such a test, many physician owned facilities will arrange to do such a test at a reduced cost and sometimes at cost. Asking honest qeustions of such places is t he best way to figure this out. Read more

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I have fibroids & cyst, will have surgery next week. Can hormones cause the right side of face to hurt & my brain to be strange?

I have fibroids & cyst, will have surgery next week. Can hormones cause the right side of face to hurt & my brain to be strange?

Not likely: Hormones are blamed for a lot of things, but it would be difficult to link your symptoms to hormonal imbalance. Fibroids and cysts will not necessarily upset your hormone balance. But there is much that we do not yet know. Read more

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Had MRI brain due to headaches and tingling which showed 17mm pineal cyst. How worried should be? Will I need surgery? Very scared

Had MRI brain due to headaches and tingling which showed 17mm pineal cyst. How worried should be? Will I need surgery? Very scared

Benign: Pineal cysts are almost always benign and "incidental findings" on MRI. this is not a cause for headaches. It is possible that your doctor will want to repeat the MRI in a few months to ensure that the cyst has not changed in any way. 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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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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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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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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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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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