My wife was diagnosed with a cyst on her pineal gland. We have been researching information and have seen both good and bad things. She's had two MRIs and bloodwork done, and the doctors believe it's benign. What else can we do?
The best treatment options for pineal cysts depend on many factors, including the size of the cyst and whether or not it is associated with symptoms. For example, small cysts that do not cause symptoms do not require any treatment.
Treatment may be recommended if the cyst causes symptoms. Depending on the size of the cyst and the symptoms present, treatment may involve open or stereotactic removal of the cyst, stereotactic aspiration, and/or CSF diversion or shunting (a procedure used to drain fluid from the brain). Radiation therapy may be considered for cysts that recur after treatment.
Last updated: 7/17/2017
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