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Colloid cysts of third ventricle


Other Names for this Disease

  • Neuroepithelial cysts of third ventricle
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How are colloid cysts of the third ventricle treated? How can I find a doctor experienced in treating this condition?

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How are colloid cysts of the third ventricle treated?

For symptomatic colloid cysts treatment often involves surgery. If hydrocephalus develops, a ventriculoperitoneal shunt may be necessary. Stereotactic aspiration of a cyst may be useful, although there is a high rate of recurrence. People with a small symptomless colloid cyst do not require treatment, but may receive regular follow-up and testing (e.g., neuroimaging studies).[1]
Last updated: 1/4/2013

How can I find a doctor experienced in treating colloid cyst of the third ventricle?

Tips for finding a specialist is available at the following link to our Find An Expert Web page. 
http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/FindAnExpert.aspx
Last updated: 1/4/2013

References
  • Norden AD, Chheda MG, Wen PY. Uncommon brain tumors. In: Basow, DS (Ed). UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; 2012;
Other Names for this Disease
  • Neuroepithelial cysts of third ventricle
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.