INTRODUCTION: Intracranial arachnoid cysts are benign cavities surrounded by an arachnoid membrane containing cerebrospinal fluid-like fluid.
In this study, patients who applied to our clinic, underwent neuroimaging for different indications and were found to have arachnoid cysts were analyzed retrospectively.
METHODS: Pediatric patients who applied to the pediatric neurology clinic with different indications and were found to have arachnoid cysts after neuroimaging were analyzed retrospectively. Demographic characteristics of all patients, complaints at presentation, physical examination findings, additional anomalies or diseases accompanying arachnoid cyst and, the characteristics of the cysts were examined as well.
RESULTS: 190 patients younger than 18 years of age with different clinical complaints were found to have arachnoid cysts in their brain MRI. It was observed that 67.9% patients presented with acute neurological complaints. The most common complaint at admission was the seizure, followed by headache. Arachnoid cysts were located in the middle, the posterior, the anterior fossa and, in the spinal region.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: In conclusion, it is important to know the clinical features of cysts in terms of preventing unnecessary tests and treatments.