Most arachnoid cysts are present at birth and are called primary arachnoid cysts. Head trauma, meningitis and brain surgery can cause what are called secondary arachnoid cysts.
Arachnoid cysts don’t always cause symptoms. Depending on your cyst’s location and size, you may have:
First, you'll meet with your doctor for a physical exam. You'll talk about your symptoms and any concerns. Then, you’ll have a neurological exam and tests, which may include:
If your cyst is small and isn’t causing any problems, you may not need treatment. Your doctor may simply monitor your condition.
If you have a larger arachnoid cyst, treatment is usually your best option. If they’re not treated, large brain cysts can put pressure on your brain and spine and ultimately damage your nerves.
One option may be surgery. Aurora Health Care specializes in minimally invasive surgery techniques, such as the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), which allows for a shorter hospital stay, quicker healing time and fewer scars.