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Diagram Of Pineal
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When you have that under control think about writing an article for a newspaper. ...Read more
Pinealectomy: The pineal gland may be removed and a person can do just fine. There are complications with this procedure including visual changes and weakness. These often resolve but can be permanent. Pinealectomies are not common. ...Read more
Depends upon: Why it's being removed. Possibly no problem, but check w/your doctor. ...Read more
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If you have access to a computer please go to Wikipedia and look up Pineal Gland. That will give you a lot of information.
The pineal gland produces melatonin that can influence your sleeping patterns both good and bad, particularly if you are traveling. ...Read more
Light: Pineal secretion melatonin has a circadian rhythem ...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
Depends: If it is a cyst, possibly nothing. If it becomes larger, it can compress the midbrain section of your brain stem. At that time, you may experience visual problems such as double vision. ...Read more
5x6x7: Stop worrying about it unless and until you have symptoms related to your brain. ...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
I'm no surgeon, but:
I don't think so. Before the VP shunt is placed, the pt would have sxs of increased pressure: vision changes, balance problems, headache, etc.
After the shunt, those sxs should abate. Psychosis is hearing voices, seeing things that aren't there, held beliefs despite evidence to the contrary; and should not be related to a pineal tumor. ...Read more
A brain tumor: A pineal tumor is an abnormal growth in the pineal gland, which is in the center of the brain. It can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer). Even benign pineal tumors may cause severe symptoms like vision loss, headaches, and hormone problems due to the location. ...Read more
A benign tumor: A pineocytoma is generally a benign tumor of the pineal gland. The pineal gland is thought to be possibly related to day/night cycles in humans. Pineocytomas are not malignant and do not spread like other types of brain tumors. However, they can reach a significant size and potentially can block the flow of CSF and produce a secondary condition called hydrocephalus which can be life threatening. ...Read more
Pineal cysts: Usually benign, causes are unknown.Get a more detailed answer ›
Usually benign: Pineal cysts are not uncommon, and the vast majority just sit there and cause NO problems. Would check periodic MRI's to reassure, but it would be very unusual if the average cyst caused any mass effect to brain. ...Read more
The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland that sits in your brain. It is situated in a part of your brain called the epithalamus, near the center, and by where the two halves of the thalamus join.
A pineal gland tumor would be treated by a neurosurgeon. Ask your primary doctor to refer you to one. ...Read more