* Not a rare disease
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Whether patients with symptomatic pineal cysts should be monitored and/or treated is still unclear. However, surgery is usually recommended for those people with pineal cysts who have hydrocephalus, worsening neurological symptoms, or enlargement of the cyst over time. Treatment may include surgery to remove the cyst, sometimes followed by the placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. As of 1993, an alternative treatment option has been aspiration of the contents of the cyst using ultrasound guidance. More recently, endoscopic procedures have been used.
Last updated: 12/29/2011
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