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Cureus. 2018 Apr 10;10(4):e2458. doi: 10.7759/cureus.2458.

Management of Arachnoid Cysts: A Comprehensive Review.

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Surgery, The Aga Khan University.


Arachnoid cysts are non-neoplastic, intracranial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-filled spaces lined with arachnoid membranes. Large arachnoid cysts are often symptomatic because they compress surrounding structures; therefore, they must be treated surgically. As several surgical management options exist, we explore the best approach according to each major type of arachnoid cyst: middle cranial fossa cyst, suprasellar cyst, intrahemispheric cyst, and quadrigeminal cyst.


arachnoid cyst; cystoperitoneal shunting; intrahemispheric cyst; microsurgical fenestration; middle fossa cyst; neuroendoscopy; quadrigeminal cyst; suprasellar cyst

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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