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March 1980

Arachnoid Cysts in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurosurgery (Drs Menezes and Perret), and the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology (Dr Bell), University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(3):168-172. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500520066012

• Twenty-seven cases of intracranial arachnoid cysts in children aged 1 to 16 years have been studied with attention to diagnosis, pathologic findings, and surgical treatment. In nine patients, the cyst was located in the posterior fossa. In eight patients, there were other CNS or other organ system abnormalities. No specific symptom complex can be ascribed to arachnoid cysts in that the clinical manifestations are the result of their size and location, secondary complications, and remote effects. This is illustrated in the ten cases reported.

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