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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
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 the 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
12mm pineal gland cyst/tumor. What do I do? How serious is it? Severe head pain every day. 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
Is a pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM very large? And can they shrink on their own? How can they tell if it is a cyst or tumor? Cause of zig zag vision
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
"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
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
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
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
Please go to Google and type in "pineal gland function".
You will a list that includes videos and images.
Go through both of them carefully and you will find your answer.
Images may be the best start.
When you have that under control think about writing an article for a newspaper. ...Read more
Pinealectomy: The pineal gland may be removed and a person can do just fine. There are complications with this procedure including visual changes and weakness. These often resolve but can be permanent. Pinealectomies are not common. ...Read more
Depends upon: Why it's being removed. Possibly no problem, but check w/your doctor. ...Read more
I cannot answer your question as sent.
Please go online and look for "pineal gland"". Look through a few of them — some easy for non-medical readers, some not so easy.
You should be able to get meaningful answers.
If after reading you are still concerned, please make another inquiry through HealthTap. ...Read more
If you have access to a computer please go to Wikipedia and look up Pineal Gland. That will give you a lot of information.
The pineal gland produces melatonin that can influence your sleeping patterns both good and bad, particularly if you are traveling. ...Read more
Light: Pineal secretion melatonin has a circadian rhythem ...Read more
Pineal function: The pineal gland makes melatonin. Although the exact function and significance is not fully know, it probably plays a role in circadian rhythm (sleep) and may be involved in reproductive function. It is common for the pineal to calcify, and then is shows up on xrays/scans. The calcification is not a problem. Tumors can form in the pineal, but they are rare (that would be a reason to remove). ...Read more
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