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Diagram Of Pineal
Pineal gland: Please go to Google and type in "pineal gland function". You will a list that includes videos and images. Go through both of them carefully and you will find your answer. Images may be the best start. When you have that under control think about writing an article for a newspaper. ...Read more
Depends upon: why it's being removed. Possibly no problem, but check w/your doctor. ...Read more
Pineal gland: I cannot answer your question as sent. Please go online and look for "pineal gland"". Look through a few of them - some easy for non-medical readers, some not so easy. You should be able to get meaningful answers. If after reading you are still concerned, please make another inquiry through HealthTap. ...Read more
Pineal function: The pineal gland makes melatonin. Although the exact function and significance is not fully know, it probably plays a role in circadian rhythm (sleep) and may be involved in reproductive function. It is common for the pineal to calcify, and then is shows up on xrays/scans. The calcification is not a problem. Tumors can form in the pineal, but they are rare (that would be a reason to remove). ...Read more
What is a prominent pineal gland with no clinical significance? What would cause it to be more prominent?
?congenital: Maybe you possess a lifelong pineal cyst, or perhaps your "gland" was imaged at a distorted angle. Although pinealiomas exist, these are usually discovered at a different age. Most likely, the findings are of no clinical significance. If you are concerned, have a full conference with your doctor. ...Read more
How enlarged is a pineal gland measuring 1.0 x 5.9 CM ? I read normal pineal gland measures 5 to 8 cm. So is it really enlarged then?
Seems enlarged: Are you sure you don't mean mm rather than cm. A 5x8 cm pineal gland or anything else in the brain that size is really large. If your measurements were in mm that would be within normal limits. That is, 1x5.9mm is quite normal for a pineal gland. ...Read more
A cyst in gland: This is basically one or more cysts in the pineal gland, a small gland in the posterior brain in the midline. We see this so frequently that it may be a normal variant. It vary rarely corresponds to any symptom of the patient. Unless it is large (greater than 1.5 cm), a pineal cyst is not important. ...Read more
These vary : Pineal cysts are fluid collections surrounded by a membrane located near the pineal gland. Most often these are found incidentally on ct/mri scans done for other reasons. If these cysts become very large they can lead to obstruction of the normal spinal fluid pathways. This can lead to symptoms of headache, nausea, blurred vision- ie. Symptoms of hydrocephalus. ...Read more
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