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I have been just diagnosed with a cyst on the pineal gland.

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I have been just diagnosed with a cyst on the pineal gland. I have
not seen a nuerosurgon yet. From what I have read is that endoscopy surgery is the best way to remove the cyst. How long does the surgery usually take and what are some of the post surgical recovery needs to do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
In fact nothing has to be done about the vast majority of pineal cysts.
These are incindental findings.
It is extremely rare that a cyst is large enough that it needs to be removed.
Who told you you needed surgery?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have symptoms that are similar that are symptoms of the cyst and am having some symptoms as vertigo which is getting
worse. I will see the neurosurgeon on the 27th of this month. I have already lost time at work because of pressure in my head
and vertigo. I don't know if I will need it, but if my symptoms get worse I fairly confident that I will need it. Even now it is hard to deal with.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
What size was the cyst
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I do not know the size of the cyst. I cannot call because I work only part time and on a very limited budget.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
I'll let another expert answer this for you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Does the size of the cyst contribute to the seriousness of the problem?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.
I see the other expert has opted out of this question
larger pineal cysts are more likely to cause swelling in the brain and cause symptoms of headaches and dizziness and nausea.
smaller cysts would not cause symptoms of headaches or nausea or dizziness.
I would get a copy of your MRI scan report.
you have the right to get a copy of your scan report from the imaging center or your doctor who ordered the scan.
I would be happy to help you review the scan images.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Several years ago I had another MRI and there was a cyst on it.
I don't know if this the same one or another. should I try to get a
copy of the records of that event?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
try to get a copy of those records and a copy of your current MRI scan
I would bet that your pineal cyst has stayed the same size and has not changed in size
that would be good to know for your situation
if it has stayed the same size and not grown, then we know for sure that the pineal cyst is not causing your symptoms in your brain
let me know if you have other questions.
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