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    Pineal Cysts, Symptomatic

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    Disorder Subdivisions

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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.

    Resources

    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
    Internet: 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
    Internet: 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
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    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
    Internet: http://www.braintumor.org

    International Brain Tumour Alliance
    c/o Roxburghe House
    273-287 Regent Street
    London, W1B 2AD
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 004401737813872
    Fax: 004401737812712
    Email: chair@theibta.org or kathy@theibta.org
    Internet: http://www.theibta.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
    Internet: http://www.skullbaseinstitute.com

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

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    Last Updated: 10/12/2007
    Copyright 2005, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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