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Pineal cyst increased in the MRI, headaches. How much time can the surgery last and recovery time?

Ive been told aftr my 3rd MRI that my pineal cyst has increased since last November and that i may need surgery regarding same. Can you be of assistance and give me any information regarding the operation and the length of time for recovery. I get bad headaches but my consultant thinks that this cyst is also causing the pain which i have been experiencing in my right arm the past few years. Mars
Asked On : Sat, 30 Jun 2012
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms and MRI brain findings.

Pineal cyst is a benign condition and can be fully cured with surgery.

Most often, pineal cyst is incidentally found on MRI brain and can be left behind. However, if it increases in size and puts pressure on surrounding brain tissue, it should be removed.

Pineal cyst surgery is simple and can be completed in 3-4 hours. Recovery may take 1-2 weeks time after surgery.

I hope it helps.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Sun, 25 May 2014
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