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Other Names for this Disease
- Arachnoid cysts, intracranial
- Intracranial arachnoid cysts
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Arachnoid cysts are cerebrospinal fluid-filled sacs that are located between the brain or spinal cord and the arachnoid membrane, one of the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Primary arachnoid cysts are present at birth and are the result of developmental abnormalities in the brain and spinal cord that arise during the early weeks of gestation. Secondary arachnoid cysts are not as common as primary cysts and develop as a result of head injury, meningitis, or tumors, or as a complication of brain surgery. Males are four times more likely to have arachnoid cysts than females.
- NINDS Arachnoid Cysts Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/arachnoid_cysts/arachnoid_cysts.htm. Accessed February 12, 2010.
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Selected Full-Text Journal Articles
- Hughes G, Ugokwe K, Benzel EC. A Review of Spinal Arachnoid Cysts. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2008 Apr;75(4):311-5.