Pineal cyst

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Pineal cyst

Pineal cysts are cysts of the pineal gland which is a small organ in the brain that produces melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone). Pineal cysts are relatively common and may be found by chance in up to 10% of people undergoing CT or MRI brain imaging. The exact cause of pineal cysts is unknown. Most people with pineal cysts do not have any signs or symptoms. Rarely, a pineal cyst may cause headaches, hydrocephalus, eye movement abnormalities, and Parinaud syndrome. Treatment is usually only considered when a cyst is causing symptoms, in which case surgery, stereotactic aspiration or endoscopic treatment may be recommended.
 

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The terms "Pineal cyst" returned 12 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Photoclinic. Pineal epidermoid cyst.
 

Author(s): Abhishek R Keraliya, Prashant S Naphade, Hina J Shah

Journal: Arch Iran Med. 2014 Feb;17(2):133-4.

 

Last Updated: 17 Feb 2014

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A hemorrhagic pineal cyst with a bacterial meningitis-like manifestation and benign outcome.
 

Author(s): Kanji Yamamoto, Toshikazu Omodaka, Rie Watanabe, Minori Kodaira

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2013 ;52(24):2817-20.

 

Pineal cysts are a common incidental finding in imaging studies, and the majority of such cysts are asymptomatic. However, hemorrhaging pineal cysts, which are considered to be rare, are often associated with severe symptoms. We herein describe the case of a 58-year-old patient with ...

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2013

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Endoscopic surgery for hemorrhagic pineal cyst following antiplatelet therapy: case report.
 

Author(s): Yoji Tamura, Yoshitaka Yamada, Adam Tucker, Tohru Ukita, Masao Tsuji, Hiroji Miyake, Toshihiko Kuroiwa

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2013 ;53(9):625-9.

 

Pineal cysts of the third ventricle presenting with acute obstructive hydrocephalus due to internal cystic hemorrhage are a rare clinical entity. The authors report a case of a 61-year-old man taking antiplatelet medication who suffered from a hemorrhagic pineal cyst and was treated ...

Last Updated: 26 Sep 2013

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The terms "Pineal cyst" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pineocytoma mimicking a pineal cyst on imaging: true diagnostic dilemma or a case of incomplete imaging?
 

Author(s): S Fakhran, E J Escott

Journal: AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008 Jan;29(1):159-63.

 

Pineocytomas have been described as well-circumscribed, homogeneously enhancing masses. However, there is considerable variability in this appearance, and certain pineocytomas may have a predominantly cystic appearance on imaging. This has led some to suggest that differentiation ...

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2008

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