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he has a penal cyst while in the hospital he felt a"pop".

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My boyfriend is 45 years old. He was hospitalized for severe dehydration and lactic acidosis. He found out a few months ago that he has a penal cyst. I didn't find out this happened until we got home but he said while in the hospital he felt a"pop" sensation in his brain. He said he had no pain and is acting the same except for being tired. Could this have been the cyst popping or something else?


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replied May 16th, 2015
Brain and Head Injuries Answer A52193
Welcome to e health forum.

It is more likely that your boyfriend has a Pineal Cyst, which was incidentally found.

A pineal gland cyst is a benign cyst originating in the pineal gland, a small endocrine system gland in the brain.

The vast majority of pineal cysts are small (less than 1 cm) and are asymptomatic.

In almost all such cases no treatment is necessary, and in most cases, provided the cyst is small, then no imaging follow-up is required.

When cysts are above 10-12 mm in diameter follow-up imaging may be necessary. Cyst enlargement is rare and seen only in 3% cases.

If the cyst enlarges further and exerts pressure on the surrounding structures, then they can result in symptoms like headache, seizures, vision disturbances, etc.

It would be recommended that your boyfriend gets clear information and status about the gland, and if needed seek MRI scans to clear all his doubts.

I hope this helps.


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