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Surgical treatment of patients with midline arachnoid cysts

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Abstract

Usually, arachnoid cysts are found in the Sylvian fissure (about 85%); midline arachnoid cysts are rare. Typical clinical symptoms are increased intracranial pressure, caused by a concomitant hydrocephalus, as well as visual and/or endocrinological disturbances.

Six patients were examined, treated with one of two different surgical methods (cyst shunting or open treatment, either craniotomy/cyst membrane resection or laser endoscopy).

Better results were observed following open treatment methods.

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Lange, M., Oeckler, R. & Beck, O.J. Surgical treatment of patients with midline arachnoid cysts. Neurosurg. Rev. 13, 35–39 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00638890

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Keywords

  • CT
  • hydrocephalus
  • midline arachnoid cysts
  • Nd-YAG laser endoscopy
  • surgical treatment