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Pineal Cyst: A Review of Clinical and Radiological Features

Authors
Journal
Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
1042-3680
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
22
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.nec.2011.06.001
Keywords
  • Pineal Cysts
  • Imaging Modality
  • Pineal Region
  • Radiographic Features
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Pineal cysts (PCs) are benign and often asymptomatic lesions of the pineal region that are typically small and do not change in size over time. PCs appear as small, well circumscribed, unilocular masses that either reside within or completely replace the pineal gland. This article reviews and discusses the characteristic features of PCs—clinical, histological, and identifiable by various imaging modalities—which assist clinicians in narrowing the differential diagnosis for pineal lesions.

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