This brain tumor forms in or around the pineal gland, a tiny organ near the center of the brain responsible for producing melatonin. Pinealomas can be benign or malignant. There are three types: pineocytomas, pineoblastomas, and pineal germinomas. Symptoms include headache, nausea, wobbliness, insomnia and vomiting.
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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by pinealomas. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that remove the tumors or reduce their size. Using 3-D brain mapping, our neurosurgeons can pinpoint a tumor with immense accuracy and then remove it through a brain port – a tube inserted into the head so that an incision in the skull and brain tissue isn’t necessary. These advanced techniques minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Patients also generally recover more quickly.