With increasing use of intracranial imaging, the diagnosis of benign intracranial cysts is becoming more frequent in the pediatric population. These lesions are usually incidentally discovered during the work-up of unrelated symptoms. Most do not require treatment and many do not even require imaging follow-up. When symptomatic, symptoms of these lesions are usually caused by local mass effect. Symptomatic lesions warrant neurosurgical evaluation, and may require surgical intervention in rare, well-selected cases. This article describes three common benign intracranial cysts found in the pediatric population: arachnoid cysts, choroid cysts, and pineal cysts.
Keywords: Benign; Cyst; Intracranial; Pediatrics.
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