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    Old 02-24-2004, 07:53 AM   #1
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    Arachnoid Cyst

    a friend of mine was just diagnosed with an Arachnoid cyst. She has been having really bad headaches, lethargy and some stabbing pains. They did an MRI and found a golf sized cyst. The doctor said that none of her symtoms were from the cyst and that they were just gonna 'watch' the cyst for now.

    There aren't many websites on this condition. But the one that we found said that the doctor would say just this. Is this common? Should she push for more info or surgery? Should she get a second opinion?

    Also can someone tell me how these are caused and what is the worse case scenerio of what it can do to you? It does't really give info on the sites we found.

    Thank you!

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    Old 02-26-2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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    cinderella, i have an arachnoid cyst that was discovered when i had an mri to try to determine why i was having a bad headache. my head ached for 27 days and never let up. the pain was so bad that i couldnt sleep, i couldnt work and i couldnt even walk cause the exertion made me feel like my head would explode. anyway, mri revealed the cyst and a pituitary tumor about 3 mm. small. neuro stated that neither was the cause of my headache but, after trying many meds, i finally got relief from amitriptyline?. started taking med on oct 3, 2003 and havent had a headache since. i am scheduled to go for another mri on 3/15 as a follow up. neuro wants me to have mri every 6 months to keep an eye on tumor but stated that cyst is no big deal and that i may have gotten it while in mamas belly and brain was forming. it is like spinal fluid trapped between two layers of tissue that cover and protect brain. as long as it is not leaking then neuro says no problem. anyway i hope this info helps and i will let everyone know on 3/31 what results of mri are.

    Old 02-27-2004, 04:49 AM   #3
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    CMOMSON is correct. An Arachnoid tumor is congenital (present at birth) and is usually never even discovered unless an MRI is done. It is cyst filled with fluid and causes no problems unless it leaks, in which case you would have different symptoms.

    Old 03-08-2004, 06:47 AM   #4
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    My 14 year old son has an arachnoid cyst. I am not sure of the size, although it looks large. It was discovered in September after he had a complex partial seizure at school. That was his first seizure, and we have been waiting for the 6 month MRI to see if the cyst is changing, growing or leaking. That MRI is on Wedneseday. In the beginning he also had a sleep deprived EEG with photosensetivity done, which was abnormal, showing spikes in the rear brain area, which is the area which the cyst sits. On Wednesday, after the MRI, we are taking him into Woburn MA to be hooked up to a 24 hour EEG monitor. After all these results are back his current neurologist (under who's care he has been since the initial seizure in September) is sending him and all his results to a pediatric neurologist in Boston MA. My son did have a 2nd, smaller seizure, with amnesia, last Tuesday evening.

    I know from my research, from asking the doctor, that arachnoid cysts are typically secondary diagnosis, such as you had a fall or car accident, and it happens to be discovered, and the cysts themselves are not at all uncommon. It is only in less than 10% of diagnosed arachnoid cysts that need surgical intervention, because of growth, interference with normal brain activity, or leaking, or as in my sons case seizures.

    I am of course hoping for nothing but the best, and now we will be getting the care of some of the best medical personal in the world once we get into Boston, and I hope against hope that surgical intervention is not necassary, but his case be one of those rare cases.

    Tell your friend to listen to the doctor, over 90% of the time arachnoid cysts do not cause serious medical problems, but to stay under her doctors care until they are comfortable with their diagnosis.

    Old 05-20-2004, 09:49 PM   #5
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    I have a huge one. I am going to have them do surgery because I don't want it in there. I am not listining to anyone about this. It is my body and I want it out.

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