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arachnoid cysts

By Anonymous July 2, 2015 - 5:15pm
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I have cpa arachnoid cysts in brain and it pressure on balance nerve it is size3.5×2.5×2 and sometimes I hava nausea , dizziness, vomiting and disturbance in balance and walking although I took alot of medicine is there any thing to do instead of surgery

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Your neurologist is your best resource for advice on treatment options. I can provide you with general information.

An arachnoid cyst is a small, benign sac that develops between the brain or spinal cord and the arachnoid membrane (which is one of three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord). It most often occurs in the brain, where it is also called an intracranial cyst, but an arachnoid cyst can develop in the spinal cord as well.

The cerebellopontine angle (CPA) is a rare location for arachnoid cysts. Although it is rare, it is the second most common location for an arachoid cyst to occur.

Cerebellopontine angle arachnoid cysts are usually asymptomatic. Nevertheless, as these cysts enlarge, they may compress surrounding structures and cause neurological symptoms.

Surgical treatment of arachnoid cysts is controversial and is generally reserved for symptomatic patients

The usual treatment for an arachnoid cyst is draining it. This surgical procedure should be done by an experienced pediatric neurosurgeon at a major medical center.

Anonymous, I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you well.


July 3, 2015 - 6:51am
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