Arachnoid Cyst in The Brain Treatment?

Urban Meyer, is stepping down from coaching. An arachnoid cyst in his brain, and possible heart problems, has prompted his decision. He lost consciousness on December 5th. He was taken to the hospital with severe chest pains, and went through a whole round of tests.
What is an Arachnoid Cyst in the brain and what is the treatment? Is it even treatable?
Please explain to me how dangerous a Arachnoid Cyst is.

asked by Parkie in Diseases & Conditions | 2697 views | 12-27-2009 at 03:39 PM

Arachnoid cysts are cerebrospinal fluid covered by arachnoidal cells and collagen that may develop between the surface of the brain and the cranial base or on the arachnoid membrane, one of the three membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord.

There has been active debate about how to treat arachnoid cysts. The need for treatment depends mostly upon the location and size of the cyst. If the cyst is small, not disturbing surrounding tissue, and not causing symptoms, some doctors will refrain from treatment. In the past, doctors placed shunts in the cyst to drain its fluid. Now with microneurosurgical techniques and endoscopic tools that allow for minimally invasive surgery, more doctors are opting to surgically remove the membranes of the cyst or open the cyst so its fluid can drain into the cerebrospinal fluid and be absorbed.

Treatment for arachnoid cysts occurs when symptoms present themselves. A variety of procedures may be used to decompress (remove pressure from) the cyst.

* Surgical placement of a cerebral shunt:
* An internal shunt drains into the subdural compartment.
* A cystoperitoneal shunt drains to the peritoneal cavity.

It is treatable.

answered by Muppet | 12-27-2009 at 03:41 PM

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