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Size Pineal Gland
Depends: If it is a cyst, possibly nothing. If it becomes larger, it can compress the midbrain section of your brain stem. At that time, you may experience visual problems such as double vision. ...Read more
5x6x7: Stop worrying about it unless and until you have symptoms related to your brain. ...Read more
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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
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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
What is a prominent pineal gland with no clinical significance? What would cause it to be more prominent?
? congenital: Maybe you possess a lifelong pineal cyst, or perhaps your "gland" was imaged at a distorted angle. Although pinealiomas exist, these are usually discovered at a different age. Most likely, the findings are of no clinical significance. If you are concerned, have a full conference with your doctor. ...Read more
How enlarged is a pineal gland measuring 1.0 x 5.9 CM? I read normal pineal gland measures 5 to 8 cm. So is it really enlarged then?
Seems enlarged: Are you sure you don't mean mm rather than cm. A 5x8 cm pineal gland or anything else in the brain that size is really large. If your measurements were in mm that would be within normal limits. That is, 1x5.9mm is quite normal for a pineal gland. ...Read more
A benign tumor: A pineocytoma is generally a benign tumor of the pineal gland. The pineal gland is thought to be possibly related to day/night cycles in humans. Pineocytomas are not malignant and do not spread like other types of brain tumors. However, they can reach a significant size and potentially can block the flow of CSF and produce a secondary condition called hydrocephalus which can be life threatening. ...Read more
Yes: Germ cell tumors of the pineal gland can be seen as calcification as well as pineal parenchymal tumors. There can also at time be idiopathic calcifications seen. ...Read more
Pineal cysts: Usually benign, causes are unknown.Get a more detailed answer ›
Usually benign: Pineal cysts are not uncommon, and the vast majority just sit there and cause NO problems. Would check periodic MRI's to reassure, but it would be very unusual if the average cyst caused any mass effect to brain. ...Read more
Usually none: Pineal cysts are common and usually benign. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more
Yes, slightly: It the pineal gland is slightly enlarged, that may happen in the absence of a tumor or cyst. However, if the pineal gland is much more than the 5-8mm that is the normal range, then it is likely due to some tumor or cyst. An MRI scan will likely show some heterogeneity and multi-loculated components in the pineal gland. ...Read more
What's the difference between a calcified or decalcified pineal gland? Is it possible to decalcify the pineal gland?
Normal: The pineal gland normally calcifies as we get older. Don't worry about trying to change it. ...Read more
How likely is the connection between elevated 5-HIAA (64, 68 umol/dU) and increased pineal gland (15 mm)? Carcinoid was ruled out.
None.: An elevated 5 hydroxy Ndola see the cast of level, means that your body is producing more serotonin than it should. This has nothing to do with the pineal gland. Which produces melatonin, but would not in any way effects 5 HIAA. Just because they could not find the source of excess production of serotonin, doesn't mean that you do not have carcinoid syndrome. ...Read more