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How do you tell the difference between a pineal tumor and a pineal cyst?

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

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Cyst (Definition)

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


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What are the differences between a pineal cyst and tumor?

What are the differences between a pineal cyst and tumor?

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

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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

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

Pineal cyst: It is not big. It is probably benign and can be evaluated by mri.Usually they don't shrink . This size cyst should not cause any visual problems ...Read more

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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

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

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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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I discovered I have a pineal tumor about 1cm in diameter. Is this something to be worried about? Could it be cancerous?

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

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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?

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

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Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

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

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Can you tell me how is a pineal gland cyst removed.?

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

Neoplasms (Definition)

"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