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Diagram Of Pineal
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
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