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Can severe physiological stress cause brain cyst?

I was diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst that is growing in size. My question is, could the cause of this cyst be related to my stress disorder? Now I am being currently diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder . Basically, I feel the cyst is a manifestation of my psychological trauma not the other way around. I have been diagnosed with Complex PTSD. Now I have an arachnoid cyst that is growing in my right anterior middle cranial fossa.....whatever that really means. The right side of my brain. I was first diagnosed in 2006. The cyst was smaller then. Now I had a recent MRI because of symptoms my doctor was concerned about. Now she is sending me to a neuro surgeon. So my question to you is again, does this cyst represent my past abuse and is showing itself in my brain as a cyst? I know my psychological symptoms are not because of this cyst. I think I need validation from a doctor s stand point. Does sever psychological stress and trauma cause brain cysts?
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi Rachel, this is Dr Arpan,

Any psychological stress or psychological trauma does not causes any kind of brain cyst itself,
but if you are having such cyst in some specific ares of brain then you may have some psychological disturbances or you may be more susceptible to minor psychosocial events.

So it may be an accidental finding during your psychological stress, caused otherwise.
Answered: Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Neurologist, Surgical Dr. Visvanathan K's  Response
Hi Rachel,

The cyst is not related to the past psychological trauma or ongoing stress disorder. Psychological stress and trauma does not cause arachnoid cysts.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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