A colloid cyst is a cyst containing gelatinous material in the brain. It is almost always found just posterior to the foramen of Monro in the anterior aspect of the third ventricle, originating from the roof of the ventricle. Because of its location it can cause obstructive hydrocephalus and increased intracranial pressure. Symptoms can include headache, vertigo, memory deficits, diplopia, behavioral disturbances and sudden death. The developmental origin is unclear, though they may be of endodermal origin, which would explain the mucin-producing, ciliated cell type. These cysts can be surgically resected, and opinion is divided about the advisability of this.
Colloid Cyst Treatments
Colloid cyst treatment at Emory involves multidisciplinary physician teams, state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality patient care. Your physician will take a complete medical history and perform a physical examination. Radiological tests may include a head CT (computed tomography) scan or head MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Colloid Cyst are removed in craniotomy surgery or neuro-endoscopic surgery.
Emory is only healthcare system in Georgia removing colloid cysts endoscopically.
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