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pineal cyst on tailbone. Surgical risks and success rate?

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Hello there I have a pineal cyst on tailbone and I would like to ask 1-how much the surgery costs? 2- the risks? 3-success rate? 4-how long do I have to be in hospital? 5. How long until I can go and work or be my normal self? 6- What is the best surgery type I can have to solve this problem?

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replied July 18th, 2014
General Q and A Answer A48388
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

A pineal gland cyst is a benign cyst in the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland in the brain. Smaller cysts (less than 0.50 cm) are usually asymptomatic, but for larger cysts (greater than 0.50 cm) which are very rare, possible symptoms could include headache, visual disturbances, light sensitivity, ataxia etc. Treatment for symptomatic cysts would include surgery but it is quite expensive costing close to $100,000.

Since you are having a cyst on the tailbone, it could be due to pilonidal cyst instead of pineal cyst. A pilonidal cyst occurs at the bottom of the tailbone (coccyx) and can become infected and filled with pus. Then it has to be surgically removed. The cost is not much but it can recur if not removed completely. Hence you should get it done from an expert surgeon. Risks are often those associated with any surgery like anesthesia risks, infection, bleeding etc. However the biggest challenge is that even after surgery, it may recur.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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