Pineal region tumors are very rare in adults, representing only 1% of all intracranial tumors. The pineal gland produces many hormones such as melatonin which regulates the sleep and awake cycles as well as some reproductive functions. The pineal gland is thought to produce melatonin which may be involved in the sleep and awake cycles.
Symptoms of tumors in this region can vary depending on what structure is being interrupted. Most commonly the cerebrospinal fluid flow is blocked while less frequently there is brain tissue pressure.
Most patients will experience the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Visual changes
- Imbalance/trouble walking
- Memory Problems
- Your symptoms may be caused by more than one condition. To get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible, schedule a consultation.
Diagnosing and Treating Pineal Region Tumors
Pineal Region Tumors are treatable and in most cases curable. Due to the delicacy of this region, surgery should be the last option. However, a biopsy is recommended to determine the course of treatments which can include:
Because the pineal gland is located deep in the center of the brain, micro-neurosurgical approaches can effectively be performed when other options can help. For more information about our minimally invasive but highly effective procedures, contact us today and schedule a consultation.