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Pineal cyst

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* Not a rare disease

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Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of pineal cysts?

Pineal cysts are usually asymptomatic. However, there are rare cases of pineal cysts which cause headaches, hydrocephalus, disturbances in vision (gaze palsy), Parinaud syndrome, and vertigo.[1]  In rare cases, individuals with symptomatic pineal cysts may have other symptoms such as difficulty moving (ataxia), mental and emotional disturbances, seizures, sleep (circadian rhythm) troubles, hormonal imbalances that may cause precocious puberty, or secondary parkinsonism.[2]
Last updated: 12/29/2011

References
  1. Wajd NA, Maher CO, Muraszko KM, Garton HJL. The natural history of pineal cysts in children and young adults. J. Neurosurg. Pediatrics. 2010;
  2. Bosnjak J, Budisic M, Azman D, Strineka M, Crnjakovic M, Demarin V. Pineal gland cysts--an overview. Acta Clin Croat. 2009;


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