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Could pineal tumors cause psychosis?

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Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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