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Colloid cysts are a type of brain lesion filled with a thick gel called colloid. These cysts typically develop on the roof of the third ventricle, a cavity in the center of the brain. This is the area where cerebrospinal fluid is produced. While these cysts are usually benign and present no problems, they can become larger and cause problematic symptoms. Dr. Sina Rajamand is an experienced Reno neurosurgeon that provides skilled Colloid Cyst Removal Surgery at Battle Born Brain and Spine.

What Are the Symptoms of a Colloid Cyst?

Colloid cysts can obstruct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, causing fluid buildup in the ventricles of the brain. This condition, known as hydrocephalus, increases pressure within the skull and can cause symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Brain herniation (downward displacement of the brain)

The size and exact location of a colloid cyst has a bearing on the severity of a patient’s symptoms. When symptoms occur, neurosurgery is necessary to remove the cyst.

Carson City Surgery for Colloid Cysts

After using CT and MRI imaging to pinpoint the exact location of a colloid cyst, Dr. Rajamand will use advanced imaging and minimally-invasive neurosurgical techniques to access the brain and remove the cysts. This is preferable to inserting a shunt to divert fluid buildup, because the source of the blockage is actually removed, eliminating the necessity for a shunt.

Some risk to short-term memory exists, due to these cysts’ proximity to the portion of the brain responsible for storing new memories. Surgical microscopes and cameras improve the precision of modern neurosurgery for these intricate procedures. Dr. Rajamand is a specialist at using true minimally-invasive techniques and technology to successfully perform tricky neurosurgical procedures.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with colloid cysts that are presenting symptoms, don’t wait. Contact the team at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sina Rajamand. He can explain more of the benefits and risks of the appropriate neurosurgical procedures required to remove colloid cysts for a normal life.