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Pineal cyst


* Not a rare disease
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What are the signs and symptoms of pineal cysts?

Pineal cysts are usually asymptomatic. However, there are rare cases of symptomatic pineal cysts which cause headaches, hydrocephalus, gaze palsy, Parinaud syndrome, and vertigo.[1] Less frequently, patients with symptomatic pineal cysts may present with ataxia, motor and sensory impairment, mental and emotional disturbances, seizures, circadian rhythm disturbances, hypothalamic dysfunction of precocious puberty, and secondary parkinsonism.[2]
Last updated: 12/29/2011

  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;