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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

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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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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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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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 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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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?

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

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

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

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Benign pineal gland cyst cause?

Benign pineal gland cyst cause?

Pineal gland cyst: Pineal gland cysts are not at all uncommon. As long as the mr is not showing any tumor characteristics which it sounds like is the case here here. These cysts can also cause obstructive hydrocephalus but they would have seen that on mri. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

If the cyst: Is small, generally it is an incidental finding requiring no treatment and causing no symptoms ...Read more

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What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

Pineal gland cyst: Most pineal gland cysts are incidentally found, meaning they are common. Unless the cyst is showing signs of growth or compression of surrounding structures they are typical just followed with serial studies. ...Read more

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Is a 2 CM x 1cm pineal gland cyst considered large?

Is a 2 CM x 1cm pineal gland cyst considered large?

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

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What to do if I have a pineal gland cyst, should I be worried?

What to do if I have a pineal gland cyst, should I be worried?

Cyst: 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

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How likely is a 1.7cm pineal cyst to cause hydrocephalus? How would I know if I had it?

How likely is a 1.7cm pineal cyst to cause hydrocephalus? How would I know if I had it?

Not likely: Hydrocephalus can be diagnosed on MRI, if you have had studies to reveal the pineal cyst chances are very high that your brain surgeon has evaluated this aspect. Cysts need to be monitored for changes in characteristics and size. ...Read more

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Can a 1.5x1.2 cm pineal cyst (with multiple symptoms) ever be considered an emergency situation?  

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

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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 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?

Experience: In my practice small cysts of the pineal are far from rare, and often we follow these for a while with yearly MRI films. Most never increase in size, and some even shrink over time, and it is rare that the typical cyst will expand to the point of requiring surgery. ...Read more

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What does a craniotomy to remove pineal cyst include? How long in hospital? How long is recovery? Any tips would b helpful

What does a craniotomy to remove pineal cyst include? How long in hospital? How long is recovery? Any tips would b helpful

Consider the need: I would first make sure that you need the surgery. Many pineal region cysts are benign and can be followed with imaging for some time. ...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