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Pineal cyst apoplexy: report of an unusual case managed conservatively

Selim Ayhan1, Ercan Bal1, Selcuk Palaoglu1, Aysenur Cila2
DOI: 10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60129-8
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2011;45(6):604-607.


Pineal cyst apoplexy is a very rare entity with previously reported symptoms of severe frontal or occipital headache, gaze paresis and visual field defects, nausea or vomiting, syncope, ataxia, hearing loss and sudden death. The treatment options for symptomatic pineal cysts are observation, shunting, aspiration via stereotactic guidance or endoscopy, third ventriculostomy, ventriculocysternostomy, and/or surgical resection by craniotomy and microsurgery.

Here, the authors report an unusual case of a 28-year-old male patient with pineal cyst apoplexy, presenting with headache, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction symptoms who is being managed conservatively and observed for two years by an academic tertiary care unit.

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