Pineal Cysts, Symptomatic

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General Discussion

Pineal cysts are benign (non-cancerous) fluid-filled sacs located in the region of the brain that contains the pineal gland. Small pineal cysts (.5 cm or smaller) are common occurrences, often found incidentally on routine neurological exams. Small pineal cysts rarely cause symptoms (asymptomatic). Larger pineal cysts are rare findings that may cause a variety of symptoms (symptomatic). Symptoms may include headaches, increased pressure on the brain because of accumulation of excessive cerebrospinal fluid (hydrocephalus), and vision abnormalities. Large symptomatic pineal cysts may potentially cause serious conditions such as seizures and loss of consciousness. The exact cause of symptomatic pineal cysts is unknown.

Supporting Organizations

American Brain Tumor Association

8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60631
USA
Tel: (773)577-8750
Fax: (773)577-8738
Tel: (800)886-2282
Email: info@abta.org
Website: http://www.abta.org

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

274 Madison Avenue, Suite 1004
New York, NY 10016
United States
Tel: (212)448-1595
Fax: (212)448-1022
Tel: (866)228-4673
Email: info@cbtf.org
Website: http://www.cbtf.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

International Brain Tumour Alliance

c/o Roxburghe House
273-287 Regent Street
London, W1B 2AD
United Kingdom
Tel: 4401737813872
Fax: 4401737812712
Email: chair@theibta.org or kathy@theibta.org
Website: http://www.theibta.org

National Brain Tumor Society

55 Chapel Street
Suite 200
Newton, MA 02458
Tel: (617)924-9997
Fax: (617)924-9998
Tel: (800) 770-8287
Email: info@braintumor.org
Website: http://www.braintumor.org

Skull Base Institute

8635 West 3rd Street
Suite 1170W
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: (310)691-8888
Fax: (310)691-8877
Email: staffskullbaseinstitute.com
Website: http://www.skullbaseinstitute.com

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Last Updated:  10/12/2007
Copyright  2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.