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Pineal Cyst On Tailbone
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: 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
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 or tumor: Pineal cyst is a non-neoplastic glial cyst within the pineal gland. Pineal tumor is usually neoplastic, benign or malignant. ...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?
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
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 ›
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
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
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
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
Had MRI for headaches, scan shows 17mm pineal cyst. How worried should I be? I'm terrified! Am I going to die?
What does a craniotomy to remove pineal cyst include? How long in hospital? How long is recovery? Any tips would b helpful
About 1 1/2 years the dr told me that I had a small pineal cyst and that my MRI was normal. What is the life expectancy? Is it serious?
Probably no worry: Small pineal region cysts less than 2 mm are benign and don't require any intervention. Life expectancy are unaffected. ...Read more
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
My son has a 1.3 pineal cyst and he is having vision problems and has to wear audio aids at school. Why has his vision got worse within 10 mts.?
I have a calcified 11mm pineal cyst after weeks of headaches & a seizuree. Symptoms continuing w/ insomnia Do cysts these size (>5 mm) often shrink?
Ask a neurosurgeon: Your best bet is to consult with a neurosurgeon. Most pineal cysts are benign and slow growing, but they need to be distinguished from a tumor. They could also grow to compress the cerebral aqueduct which could disrupt the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid and cause build up of fluid in your brain. It could also compress the brain stem interfering with your visual gaze. ...Read more
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
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
Pineal Cyst growth: in 2011 9mm pineal cyst putting pressure on tectal plate. In 2016, MRI says same cyst 20mm flattening tectal plate. Concern?
Here we go again: Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility & made an impulse purchase. Your doctor ordered the MRIs, & for a reason. The MRIs aren't the pt; you are. The doc who ordered the MRIs & knows YOU AS A WHOLE PERSON is ethically obligated to interpret the significance of the MRIs; or if (s)he can't, to find someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you can understand. ...Read more
Can trauma (severe whiplash) due to an MVA cause a pineal cyst to form? 1.5 X 1.2 cm - accident was 1.5 years ago, battling symptoms since it happened
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
My 10 year old son was diagnosed with a pineal cyst 3 mys ago. He is having vision, hearing, seizures, and headaches. Why is nuro dr not concerned?
Not sure: Many of the symptoms you describe would not be caused by a pineal cyst. These cysts are typically benign and are watched over time to ensure they don't increase in size. The only symptom that could be related to the pineal cyst would be the vison, but there tends to be very specific vision changes related to pineal enlargement. If you're dissatisfied get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
Hi I have a 2 CM pineal cyst and trying to cope with constant sleepiness and migraines and anxiety can you guide me along or can you not treat prescri?
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