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neuro surgeon question: What does this mean on MRI scan result?

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neuro surgeon question: What does this mean on MRI scan result? There is a right temporal pole arachnoid cyst which is causing a little distortion of the adjacent right temporal pole.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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an arachnoid is one of the three protective layers which cover the brain and spinal cord.

Dr. David :

an arachnoid cyst is a fluid filled pocket or balloon coated in arachnoid cells which is on the surface of the brain.

Dr. David :

if a cyst or balloon gets large enough, it can press on the brain itself. and sometimes cause headaches.

Dr. David :

are you having severe headaches. how large is the cyst on the MRI scan?

Customer:

its my daughter she is 16 and has dreadful headaches the cyst is a large cyst its about 5cm I think. what does the distortion of the adjacent right temporal pole mean? is that a normal finding because the neurologist says the result is normal. Is it normal if there is distortion?

Customer:

are you there?

Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

sorry about her headaches.

Dr. David :

cyst of 5cm is large.

Dr. David :

the cyst is pressing on her brain.

Dr. David :

that is what distortion of the adjacent right temporal pole

Dr. David :

she needs to see a neurosurgeon and have the cyst drained.

Dr. David :

that might help with the headaches.

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I have to see a patient.

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I'll be right back.

Customer:

Dr David, don't go just Yet? we have a problem. She cannot walk at all and has vertigo is it the mayo clinic in America that specialise in these cysts?

Customer:

sorry Dr David its around 3cm just measured it on the paper. is that large or not too bad now. Would she still need it drained.

Dr. David :

there are many good neurosurgery departments in the USA.

Dr. David :

3cm is still good size, larger than 1inch

Dr. David :

she needs to see a neurosurgeon in the UK

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and have it drained

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it could help her headaches.

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