X-rays For Lumps On The Head?

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Good afternoon .. my son is one month old until today, there is a lump on his head to be precise above .. We have done a head CT scan for our baby, and the results of the examination are: Impression = r n- No sign of SDH / EDH or contusion hemorrhage r n- Appears soft tissue mass on the extra cranial occipital area with a size of 0.6 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm has nothing to do with cerebellospinal liquor which is more supportive of an Arachnoid cyst in that area. R nPlease help to explain the diagnosis .. Thank you 🙏

1 Answer:

Hello Meri,

An arachnoid cyst is a mass in the form of a thin bag filled with fluid that forms between the arachnoid membrane and the brain or spinal cord. These cysts often contain cerebrospinal fluid. In children, arachnoid cysts are often congenital conditions. In men, the chances of getting arachnoid cysts are higher than in women. But apart from being congenital, arachnoid cysts can also be caused due to injury, Marfan's syndrome, and arachnoiditis.

Cysts that are small in size may not cause specific symptoms, but arachnoid cysts can sometimes cause symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, seizures, developmental disorders, lumps or disproportionate head shape, balance, vision, hearing loss, paralysis or difficulty walking, vertigo, and hydrocephalus.

The tests performed to diagnose cysts are by interview, physical examination, CT scan, and MRI. Treatment of arachnoid cysts includes symptom management and surgery. Symptom management is given in accordance with the complaints experienced. There are 2 options for operation, namely:

Installing a drainage tube to drain the cyst fluid to another place, for example in the peritoneal space (in the stomach) Making a hole in the cyst and then the fluid in the cyst is sucked in. Removing the cyst and its contents through open surgery The doctor will adjust the type of treatment or surgery according to the patient's condition and the possible risks. Also, keep in mind that the results of a CT scan cannot alone make a diagnosis. The CT scan results should be evaluated by a doctor along with the results of the interview and physical examination.

Therefore, I suggest that you bring your child's CT scan results and have your child checked by a neurosurgeon directly so that further evaluation can be done and you can decide the most appropriate treatment for your child.

The following is a discussion related to the topic of your question:

Arachnoid cyst

Thank you and hope it helps,

dr. Devika Y

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