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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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I had a 1.3cm pineal cyst found in may. Lately had funny visual symptoms and head pressure. An opthamologist said the back of my eye looked normal. Does that rule out increased intracranial pressure?

I had a 1.3cm pineal cyst found in may. Lately had funny visual symptoms and head pressure. An opthamologist said the back of my eye looked normal. Does that rule out increased intracranial pressure?

Probably: However, if you continue to have headaches you should see the ophthalmologist again for a repeat exam and visual field testing. The only way to definitively rule out increased intracranial pressur is a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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Pineal cyst. Could it cause MS type symptoms in muscle tightness, strange sensations, fatigue, nerve pain, dizziness, pain behind left eye. ?

Pineal cyst. Could it cause MS type symptoms in muscle tightness, strange sensations, fatigue, nerve pain, dizziness, pain behind left eye. ?

Unlikely: Most pineal cysts, if remain small, will cause no symptoms at all and are just an incidental finding on imaging. Your multiple symptoms need to be assessed, as many situations could promote your problems. Unlikely to be MS. ...Read more

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What is a multiseptated pineal cyst?

What is a multiseptated pineal cyst?

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

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What would you do for a 1.0 pineal cyst?

What would you do for a 1.0 pineal cyst?

Common: Pineal cysts are very common and those measuring about 1 cm or less don't cause any problems. ...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?

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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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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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