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What does the pineal gland do?

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

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How can I close the pineal gland?

Pineal gland: No you cannot close the pineal gland. Please add some more information that is worrying you. ...Read more

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How to decalcify your pineal gland?

How to decalcify your pineal gland?

You can't,: And you don't need to. Pineal calcifications are common incidental findings on imaging studies. Unless there is an associated tumor, no treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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How can you detoxify the pineal gland?

How can you detoxify the pineal gland?

Hmmm...: Hi. What made your pineal gland toxic in the first place, and how in the heck did the clinician (using the term loosely in this case) diagnose pineal toxicity? ...Read more

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Could you survive without a pineal gland?

Could you survive without a pineal gland?

Yes: But why do you ask, do you possess a pineal cyst, and there is a surgical question? ...Read more

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What happens if the pineal gland is removed?

What happens if the pineal gland is removed?

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

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Pineal gland being removed, should I be concerned?

Depends upon: Why it's being removed. Possibly no problem, but check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What could happen if you pineal gland was destroyed?

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

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Please help! What is the function of the pineal gland?

Please help! What is the function of the pineal gland?

Pineal gland: 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

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What does the pineal gland do? Why might it need to be removed?

What does the pineal gland do? Why might it need to be removed?

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

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Size of pineal gland, 5x6x7mm. What symptoms are expected if it become bigger?

Size of pineal gland, 5x6x7mm. What symptoms are expected if it become bigger?

Headache: Enlarging of the pineal gland has been associated with headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures and visual changes. The pineal gland produces melatonin which
pigments your skin so like increased melatonin and pigmentation. ...Read more

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Size of pineal gland is 5x6x7mm. What symptoms to look at for if it becomes bigger?

Size of pineal gland is 5x6x7mm. What symptoms to look at for if it becomes bigger?

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

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What is a prominent pineal gland with no clinical significance? What would cause it to be more prominent?

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

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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?

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

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What is a multiseptated pineal cyst?

What is a multiseptated pineal cyst?

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

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What are the symptoms of a pineal cyst?

What are the symptoms of a pineal cyst?

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

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What would you do for a 1.0 pineal cyst?

What would you do for a 1.0 pineal cyst?

Common: Pineal cysts are very common and those measuring about 1 cm or less don't cause any problems. ...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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Could pineal tumors cause psychosis?

Could pineal tumors cause psychosis?

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

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What is a pineal tumor?

What is a pineal tumor?

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

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Where is a pineal tumor?

Where is a pineal tumor?

Near Center of brain: The pineal gland is located near the center of the brain. A pineal tumor is generally located in the same area. ...Read more

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Can pineal tumors cause psychoses?

Can pineal tumors cause psychoses?

Not Generally: Pineal tumors do not typically cause psychoses. However a large tumor can affect the level of wakefulness and may affect thinking, concentration, etc. ...Read more

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How common are pineal gland cysts?

How common are pineal gland cysts?

Pineal Gland Cysts: Although the prevalence of pineal cysts in autopsy series has been reported as being between 25% and 40%, MRI studies have documented their frequency to range between 1.5% and 10.8% in healthy adults. ...Read more

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What's pineocytoma of pineal gland?

What's pineocytoma of pineal gland?

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

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What is pineocytoma of the pineal gland?

Pineocytoma: This is difficult to answer in a limited space.
Please go on-line and look up "Pineocytoma" and you will find many relevant articles to help you.

Pineocytoma does not always need treatment. ...Read more

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What could happen if a small cyst develops in the pineal gland?

What could happen if a small cyst develops in the pineal gland?

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

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Where can I find a consultant with expertise in pineal tumours?

Where can I find a consultant with expertise in pineal tumours?

Neurosurgeon needed: 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