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Brain and Pituitary Tumors, Arachnoid Cysts

The Latest in Diagnosis & Treatment with Dr. Dong Kim


Archnoid Cycsts and Brain Tumors

More than 180,000 brain tumors are diagnosed in the United States each year, and affect both the young and elderly. Symptoms with brain tumors can be difficult to detect and diagnose. As a result, brain tumors can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, even when treatment is available.

Arachnoid cysts, a type of brain tumor that are very difficult to detect are cerebrospinal fluid cysts that develop in the membrane that protects the brain. These cysts typically form as a congenital disorder but may also be caused by head injury, meningitis and brain tumors. Also, men are 4 times more likely than women to develop arachnoid cysts.

Many patients do not show symptoms, making it difficult to measure the true occurrence. However, it is still imperative to be informed on the common effects of arachnoid cysts. Severe neurological damage, including spontaneous hemorrhages and seizures, can occur as a result of untreated arachnoid cysts.

Join Dr. Dong Kim, director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, as he explores the diagnosis and treatment of arachnoid cysts and their relationship to brain tumors.

About Dr. Kim

Dr. Dong Kim 2Dong H. Kim, M.D., is the director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute and chief of neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.  He also serves as professor and chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School.