To help clarify your diagnosis, your doctor may order blood and urine tests to measure your hormone levels, or an MRI or CT scan to provide a detailed image of your pituitary.
Brain cyst treatment options vary. If the cyst is small and not causing problems, your doctor may recommend a “watch and wait” approach. For large Rathke’s cleft cysts, the best treatment is surgery.
At Aurora, we offer an innovative procedure called the Expanded Endonasal Approach. EEA is a minimally invasive procedure in which the tumor is removed through the nasal passages, resulting in no incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than with traditional surgery. During this procedure, a thin, lighted tube (an endoscope) is inserted through your nostrils, allowing your doctor to remove or drain the cyst without making an incision – and without risking injury to your brain.