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What's the treatment for arachnoid cysts?

Arachnoid cysts that do not cause significant mass effect or symptoms, regardless of their size and location do not require treatment. If there is severe mass effect on surrounding structures or if there are symptoms then surgical treatment is recommended. Treatment for arachnoid cysts is symptomatic. When symptoms warrant, the surgical placement of a shunt may be required to decompress (remove pressure from) the cyst.

Untreated, arachnoid cysts may cause permanent severe neurological damage due to the progressive expansion of the cyst(s)or hemorrhage (bleeding). With treatment most individuals with arachnoid cysts do well.


More information on arachnoid cysts

What are arachnoid cysts? - Arachnoid cysts are fluid-filled sacs that occur on the arachnoid membrane that covers the brain (intracranial) and the spinal cord (spinal).
What're the symptoms of an arachnoid cyst? - Most arachnoid cysts that become symptomatic do so in early childhood. Most arachnoid cysts cause no symptoms.
How is an arachnoid cyst diagnosed? - Arachnoid cysts are almost always developmental abnormalities. They are usually identified readily by CT or MRI scan.
What's the treatment for arachnoid cysts? - Arachnoid cysts that do not cause significant mass effect or symptoms, regardless of their size and location do not require treatment.
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