Pineal cyst

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Headaches for assessment.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

MRI demonstrates a cyst in the pineal region. On T2 sequences, signal largely follows CSF but does not fully attenuate on FLAIR. Internal cerebral veins (arrow) are elevated and splayed. Typical appearances of an incidental pineal cyst, almost certainly not the cause of the patient's headaches. 

Case Discussion

Pineal cysts are common and in patients being investigated for vague symptoms, such as headaches, they are troublesome as it is difficult to be completely sure, and more importantly even harder to convince the patient, that the cyst is truly incidental. 

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Case information

rID: 2646
Published: 7th May 2008
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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