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How do physicians diagnose cysts?

Cysts often are first discovered by imaging studies (X-ray, ultrasound, CAT scan, and MRI). Cysts may or may not produce symptoms, depending upon their size and location. Cysts that are large enough to displace or compress normal tissues may cause symptoms related to their size and to the disruption of normal tissues.

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Comment from: Leda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have recently had two seizures within 24 hours, which the neurologist considers one seizure. They were not grand-mal seizures. Through having a cat scan it was found that I have a 4-5 mm cyst on the top of my brain. I was on Dilantin in the hospital, but it was discontinued. My symptoms now include constant dull headaches usually about a 3\10 on the pain scale. I just went for an EEG today, but no results as of yet. My question is, does the cyst just stay there, or do I need it removed. My biggest fear is that it is going to grow.

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Comment from: louise, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had surgery for my sciatica. I had pain traveling down right leg. Recovery was going well, then 5 weeks in I got the flu, then I got pneumonia. After recovering I lost the ability to stand or walk unassisted. I now must use a walker. I also experience pain in the same leg, and weakness in both legs. My surgeon ordered an MRI and found I had two cysts, one on each side of my spine between 4th and 5th vertebrae. The doctor says surgery, illness and chronic arthritis inflamed them. Now I"m going in for a series of steroid injections to see if that will help. The doctor said he"s not looking at surgery... But I still can"t walk or stand unassisted; not good when that"s required of your job.

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