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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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I have arachnoid cyst on the back side of my brain and numbess in my left side and rite foot.What are some of of treatment options?

Likely unrelated: Arachnoid cysts are often asymptomatic. When they cause trouble, it is by pressing on adjacent brain tissue. If your cyst is in the back of the brain it would not cause sensory symptoms you describe without causing a lot of other nasty things, like headaches, weakness, visual disturbance. This of course assumes that "back side" of the brain you refer to is the occipital lobe or behind cerebellum. ...Read more

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My gf had a NRM.Diagnose: arachnoid cyst posterior fossa and left maxillary sinusitis.What to do next?Treatment?Complications can apper?

Arachnoid cysts: These are congenital abnormalities often discovered incidentally and nothing need be done unless creating symptoms in which case discuss with a neurosurgeon. Sinusitis can be easily managed if it is acute, but radiologic changes can occur due to old inactive disease. She needs to see her doctor and discuss these things. Why was this imaging study done to begin with? ...Read more

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Left cerebellum found small arachnoid cyst, show where it is?

Arachnoid cyst: Arachnoid cysts are now commonly found on MR studies. If the cyst is small and not causing clinical symptoms there they are rarely treated surgically. ...Read more

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Is an arachnoid cyst or a chiari 1 mailformation life threatening? 

Not normally: These lesion typically cause no significant neurological compromise. These are usually found incidently. By them selves are not life threatening. But if you develope any symptoms headache, numbness timgling or any neurological symptoms gret evaluated assuming a doctor ordered the scan to determine this follow up wpould be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is an Arachnoid Cyst normal ? My doctors say " it's normal " but it's not I know it. And I always have massive headaches and they don't help.

No: Arachnoid cysts are the most common expansive intracranial lesions, but they are not 'normal.' Some people may have an arachnoid cyst without any symptoms, and it can be followed clinically and with MRI. If you have symptoms - which include headache or seizures - neurosurgical consultation is recommended. Literature shows vast majority of patients improve with decompression of cyst. ...Read more

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Heard the term arachnoid cyst- info please. ?

Spinal fluid balloon: Arachnoid is a membrane in the nervous system which is in contact with spinal fluid. Sometimes the fluid is entrapped in folds of the arachnoid causing a pocket of fluid to form either in skull or spinal canal. At times the cyst can enlarge causing brain or spinal cord compression. Arachnoid cysts can be present at birth or develop later. ...Read more

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What is it like to have an arachnoid cyst and can you tell me your experience?

Usually asymptomatic: If and when there are any symptoms, they depend on location and size of the cyst in brain ...Read more

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Arachnoid Cyst (Definition)

An arachnoid cyst is a cyst (round-shaped, fluid-filled) formed during the development of the arachnoid, one of the three thin membranes coverings the brain and spinal cord. In some persons, such a ...Read more