Treating Epidermoid Cysts in Orange County
Epidermoid cyst is congenital, rarely acquired, and forms at fetal development during the 3rd to 5th week of pregnancy when normal developmental cells are trapped within the growing brain. This slow-growing cyst can occur in many parts of the brain, but mostly in the cranial base. The cranial base is a highly complex and anatomically challenging region, comprising the base of the cranium, the ventral surface of the brain and brainstem, and the nerves, arteries and veins entering and exiting the skull.
The epidermoid cysts are developed when protein is trapped below the skin because of either damage to skin or hair follicle. In general, the cysts will become red and tender if infected.
Depending on the location and size of the epidermoid cyst, the symptoms may vary:
- Persistent headaches
- Blurred or double vision or involuntary eye movement
- Hearing problems (ringing in ear, hear loss)
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Difficulty walking
- Balance issues
- Trigeminal neuralgia (Sharp pain on side of face)
- Facial Nerve Weakness
- Dysphagia (Swallowing difficulty)
- Weakness or paralysis in a part of the body
- Taste sensation (bitter, sweet, metallic, salty)
- Limb Sensation (tingling in arm/leg)
- Numbness on the face)
- Changes in personality
- Fatigue or lethargy, especially in children
After diagnostic tests are done, Dr. Louis will review all of the results with you and discuss to weigh up the pros and cons of surgical intervention.
The type of surgery used to remove epidermoid cyst depends on its size. Epidermoid cyst of the skull base may be approached directly using the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA). This state-of-the-art, minimally invasive approach allows surgeons to access the tumor through the natural corridor of the nose, without making an open incision. Surgeons then remove the cyst through the nose and nasal cavities.
Determining the optimal treatment plan takes a number of factors into consideration, including the patient’s preferences, general health, size of the colloid cyst. Your Orange County neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD specializes in minimally invasive keyhole approaches that are highly individualized to suit every patient’s needs.
Minimally invasive surgeries
Robert Louis, MD specializes in minimally invasive removal of colloid cyst using cutting edge technology and instrumentation.
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