Pineal Region Tumors
Pineal region tumors often affect the tiny pineal gland at the base of the brain that makes melatonin – the sleep hormone. The tumors are more common in children. About 20 percent of these growths are benign, but 80 percent are malignant. Symptoms include abnormal eye movements, double vision and incoordination. Depending upon the tumor’s location, symptoms can include headaches, nausea, vomiting and disorientation.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by pineal region tumors. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove the tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Using image-guided stereotactic neurosurgery, our surgeons can view 3-D images of these tumors during surgery, helping them to remove more of the tumor. Recovery is quicker, because no incision is made.