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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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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


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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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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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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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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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Can pineal tumors cause psychoses?

Can pineal tumors cause psychoses?

Not Generally: Pineal tumors do not typically cause psychoses. However a large tumor can affect the level of wakefulness and may affect thinking, concentration , etc. ...Read more

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Could pineal tumors cause psychosis?

Could pineal tumors cause psychosis?

I'm no surgeon, but: I don't think so. Before the VP shunt is placed, the pt would have sxs of increased pressure: vision changes, balance problems, headache, etc. After the shunt, those sxs should abate. Psychosis is hearing voices, seeing things that aren't there, held beliefs despite evidence to the contrary; and should not be related to a pineal tumor. ...Read more

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Can pineal tumors be a cause of psychosis?

Rarely: There are case reports in the medical literature of pineal tumors causing psychosis. That means it happens so rarely that when it does, someone writes a paper about it! ...Read more

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Help plz! Can pineal tumors cause psychosis?

Rare but true: Pineal tumors can have a wide variety of signs and symptoms in the way they present. Though rare, psychosis can be on of the presentations that occurs. Because of that if you have concern you should discuss them with your doctor right away so that your doctor can order the proper tests to get you diagnosed. ...Read more

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Might have to have surgery on pineal gland tumor what are some of the risks. Is it safe?

Might have to have surgery on pineal gland tumor what are some of the risks. Is it safe?

Yes: In experienced hands pineal region tumors can usually be performed successfully without too high a risk. It is brain surgery so it does come with risks to life and limb but complication rates are nott exceedingly high. One has to understand that serious medical issues usually don't have simple or risk free treatments. ...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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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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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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How big would a tumor be on the pineal gland before it starts pushing onto the brain stem?

How big would a tumor be on the pineal gland before it starts pushing onto the brain stem?

Brain tumor: Pineal region tumors can be relatively small (1.5 cm) and cause symptoms. Pressure on the tectum of the brain stem will cause compression and narrowing of the aqueduct of Sylvius which causes paralysis of upward gaze and obstructive hydrocephalus. Review the imaging studies with a neurosurgeon to help you understand the problem and the treatment options. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of having a brain tumor on your pineal gland?

What are some side effects of having a brain tumor on your pineal gland?

"Side" effects?: Not SIDE effects; just effects! Well, there's headache, nausea, vomiting, obstructive hydrocephalus, Parinaud's syndrome, mydriasis, convergence spasm, anisocoria, refractory nystagmus, downgaze palsy, ataxia, dysmetria, and dysdiadochokinesis, to name a few. Sorry, you asked. I can list them for you, but you can't seriously expect a description or simple explanation in 400 characters. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Not typically: The pineal gland is located in the center of the brain near eye nerve pathways and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) system. Symptoms include double vision, headache, nausea, & vomiting. I suspect seizures could happen but are not common. Pineal tumors are also rare .. only 1% of all primary brain tumors. Other causes of seizures should be investigated. ...Read more

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Where can I find a consultant with expertise in pineal tumours?

Where can I find a consultant with expertise in pineal tumours?

Neurosurgeon needed: The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland that sits in your brain. It is situated in a part of your brain called the epithalamus, near the center, and by where the two halves of the thalamus join. A pineal gland tumor would be treated by a neurosurgeon. Ask your primary doctor to refer you to one. ...Read more

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Had a pineal gland tumor removed from brain tuesday, was growing in bran stew as well. Most likely benign or malignant? Treatment follow up? Any ideas

Had a pineal gland tumor removed from brain tuesday, was growing in bran stew as well. Most likely benign or malignant? Treatment follow up? Any ideas

Likely malignant: Pineal tumors that have spread to brain stem are likely to be malignant and require additional therapy. That therapy is dependent on the type of brain tumor. Possibilities include germ cell tumors, primitive neuroectodermal tumors, and astrocytomas. These different tumors are treated with different therapies including chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. I recommend finding a neuro-oncologist. ...Read more

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How to decalcify your pineal gland?

How to decalcify your pineal gland?

You can't,: and you don't need to. Pineal calcifications are common incidental findings on imaging studies. Unless there is an associated tumor, no treatment is necessary. ...Read more