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

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

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 symptoms of a pineal cyst?

What are the symptoms of a pineal cyst?

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

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I was diagnosed with a benign pineal cyst. Could this cause memory loss? What are some symptoms?

I was diagnosed with a benign pineal cyst. Could this cause memory loss? What are some symptoms?

Pineal cyst: Pineal cysts are actually quite common. Unless the cyst is causing an obstruction and you would be having symptoms like severe headaches they are not related to memory loss. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage? Is scintillating scotoma a seizure symptom?

Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage?  Is scintillating scotoma a seizure symptom?

Probably not: First, pineal cysts are reasonably common and typically don't amount to much. The visual symptoms you describe are quite unlikely to be related to seizure-related. Talk with your neurologist about these findings, but resist the temptation to automatically link the two things. ...Read more

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I had a CT no contrast 3 years ago normal. 3 weeks ago I had MRI for the same symptoms (headache, tingling)shows 17mm pineal cyst!should I be worried?

No: Kayleigh, A pineal cyst is a completely benign finding on MRI. Many people have these for their whole lives, and never know it. The cyst itself is no cause for concern. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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MRI scan shows 17mm pineal cyst that didn't show in CT 3 years ago. Symptoms of headache n tingling. Is this large? Will they operate? I'm terrified

MRI scan shows 17mm pineal cyst that didn't show in CT 3 years ago. Symptoms of headache n tingling. Is this large? Will they operate? I'm terrified

Depends: Usually cysts smaller than 5 mm there are no worry. At the size you mention, this is large and may require intervention if there is compression of adjacent structure or the aqueduct.best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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