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How Do You Tell The Difference Between A Pineal Tumor And A Pineal Cyst
A biopsy or imaging: True pineal gland cysts are not brain tumors; rather, they are a completely benign cysts. The large majority of pineal gland cysts do not enlarge much if at all. However, some do enlarge over time slowly. Even though pineal cysts are benign and usually harmless, they can mimic a tumor, they often need to be distinguished from other cystic tumors via biopsies or imaging study (ie MRI of the brain). ...Read more
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
Pineal cyst or tumor: Pineal cyst is a non-neoplastic glial cyst within the pineal gland. Pineal tumor is usually neoplastic, benign or malignant. ...Read more
Is a pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM very large? And can they shrink on there own? How can they tell if it is a cyst or tumor? Cause of zig zag vision
12mm pineal gland cyst/tumor. What do I do? How serious is it? Severe head pain everyday. Worse when I wake up. Take butal. No help vision memory loss
May not be cyst: Pineal gland cysts are generally thought to be incidental findings on imaging studies and do not tend to cause major symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, etc. You should consult with a headache specialist who Will be able to determine the relationship between that finding and your symptoms. If you would like a private consultation please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more
I discovered I have a pineal tumor about 1cm in diameter. Is this something to be worried about? Could it be cancerous?
Epiphysis: Pineal tumors can vary; most of them are benign but there are malignant ones. You need a thorough workup by neuro-oncologist and neuro-surgeon who will decide a best cause of action after that. Most of these include a biopsy that is sent to a specialized pathologist (neuropathologist) who will determine precise nature of the tumor, which will dictate further therapy and management. ...Read more
Neurosurgeon: Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. ...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
I had a 1.5 centimeter pineal tumor removed a week ago. My question is why does a lot of neurosurgeons at great university hospitals not help me?
Please see below.: Getting to the pineal region surgically can be very challenging and often risky. Sometimes it can be done minimally invasively via endoscopic techniques. This would explain why many neurosurgeons were reluctant to operate. If you had this surgery a week ago and you're good enough neurologically to be typing questions online you're doing great. ...Read more
HI Dr. What is the difference between a simple Pineal cyst and a complex Pineal Cyst. Looks like my MRI showed a 1.3 CM Complex Pineal Cyst. Thank you?
Liquid vs other stuf: A simple cyst generally contains only fluid. A complex cyst is a sac that contains mostly fluid (liquid) but also some material - cells / tissue or colloid or something solid - inside. That solid material makes its appearance different than just a fluid-filled sac. Larger (> 1cm) cysts in the pineal gland can't be distinguished from cystic tumors & so repeated scans are generally the rule. TTYD. ...Read more
Pineal cyst: Most pineal cysts are not removed unless they are causing symptoms. There are several treatments which most included various surgical approaches to drain the cyst - it depends on your anatomy and the complexity of the cyst as to how the cyst would be drained or removed. ...Read more
Pineal cyst: A 2cm x 1cm cyst is not particularly large in an adult patient. What is more important is whether it is causing symptoms and whether it shows signs of a possible tumor on mr studies. ...Read more
You are obviously concerned about this and I would encourage you to go on-line and look for "pineal gland cyst". This may relieve your concern.
If not, please next see the doctor who made that diagnosis. If that doesn't work your doctor would likely refer you to a specialist. ...Read more
Ever's a strong word: Something like that's almost NEVER an emergency since the size's not THAT HUGE to displace vital structures in the area. But, it can clearly be annoying & if jutting out in just the right way squish things that'll make you take notice. Kinda' like sittin' on a THICK WALLET (George Costanza style). Ask your father about that one. More questions or gotta pic? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more
What to do if I have resently been diagnosed with a binine pineal gland cyst and I was wondering what the risk are of it growing?
What does a craniotomy to remove pineal cyst include? How long in hospital? How long is recovery? Any tips would b helpful
My neurologist said I have a 7mm pineal cyst & I have migraines. He didn't quite explain well & I would like to know more about it. Any info helps.?
Likely unrelated: Migraines are very common in 23 year old women like yourself. They usually are caused by genes, hormones, and triggers and not by cysts or anything else that can be found on an MRI. Pineal cysts, when found on MRIs, are usually just a "birthmark" and usually don't cause any problems. At that size I wouldn't expect your pineal cyst to cause any problems. I hope that helps! ...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 cyst: Usually none incidental finding.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on symptoms:
Pineal cysts are generally benign and seen quite frequently in folks who have nothing wrong with their brain. Once they get above 5 mm, they have the possibility of causing symptoms such as headache, seizure, or light sensitivity. Nowadays if too large, they are drained through endoscopic brain surgery which requires only one night hospital stay and is relatively painless. ...Read more
Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage? What does it mean to be multilocular?
Pineal cyst: It sounds like you're reading from a radiological report, which describes the cyst's locale (abutting the tectal plate, a part of the skull). "abut" means to be next to, or to have a common boundary with. It does not mean damage. "multilocular" means the cyst has multiple pouches rather than only one. Please discuss these findings with your own doctor so that s/he can address your concerns. ...Read more
I recently got told I have a pineal cyst at the size of 9mm... Should I be worried?! could this cyst be the reason im tired all the time?
Pineal cyst: Pineal cysts are now not uncommonly found on mr, most are just normal findings. If the radiologist is concerned they would normally order additional tests. It is unlikely your tiredness is related. ...Read more
Had MRI for headaches, scan shows 17mm pineal cyst. How worried should I be? I'm terrified! Am I going to die?
Is a pineal cyst in close proximity to the basal ganglia, could it affect the functioning of the basal ganglia?
No: No it is not close to the basal ganglia and would not affect the functioning of the basal ganglia unless it's a very large mass. ...Read more
I had an MRI of my brain and a pineal cyst measuring 4 by 8 by 4 mm was found, which did not show up on MRI I had 18 months ago. Cause for concern?
No concern: These pineal cysts are often found incidentally. When they are that small they cause no symptoms. I suspect that it was there previously but technique was such that it wasn't seen. ...Read more
How dangerous is a 1.5cm pineal cyst, no hydrocephalus but I have headaches, nausea, tingling and anxiety.
Worthy of removal: It is not life-threatening, but the symptoms can worsen and affect important vision functions. Pain can increase and since the surgery is considered the safest of all brain surgeries w/ nearly zero mortality, it's a good idea. Recovery may take awhile but is almost guaranteed. Talk about all of this w/ neurologist - I'll connect you to one here - Dr. Dariush Saghafi. Best! ...Read more
MRI found 17mm pineal cyst, have headaches, nausea, tingling. Neuro said repeat scan in 6 months. Should I be worried?
You could get a second opinion, which I guess is what I am on some level! ;-)
If it is just a cyst, then a wait and approach attitude seems fine. There are three things that will happen during the 6 months: 1. It will get bigger 2. It will get smaller 3. It will stay the same size.
You could see a neurosurgeon, but that's moving towards a surgical approach to something that might go away. ...Read more
MRI showed 17mm pineal cyst. I have headaches, tingling, anxiety, nausea. Is this going to kill me? I'm so scared. Help me.
It is common to find a pineal cyst on MRI. A lot of people have these. It is a benign condition. When it is this small there is nothing to worry about. Only in children with much larger cysts is there usually a problem. Your's is fine. It will DEFINITELY NOT kill or hurt you.
The pineal cyst could not cause your symptoms. Now it is important to have a plan to help each of those. ...Read more
Check w/your doctor: Pineal cysts are not uncommon and almost never require treatment. ...Read more
Depends.: It depends on the surgeon and the approach chosen by the surgeon. Some surgeons only do a minimal shave, others take off more hair. ...Read more
Shave head.: May want to go to a barber who does shaves. They will usually do it at hospital tho. May not need to shave entire head. Discuss with your team. ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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