What is a Colloid Cyst?

A colloid cyst is a benign growth found in the brain. These cysts contain a gelatin-like material made up of bodily substances, including old blood and cholesterol. Colloid cysts typically form in the third ventricle — one of four fluid-filled cavities found in the brain. They are often at or near the foramen of Monro, which is near the front of the third ventricle.

When a colloid cyst forms, it can block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which protects the brain and spinal cord from trauma. When the flow is disrupted, this could lead to hydrocephalus, which is the buildup of fluid in the ventricles within the brain.

Because of that, someone with a colloid cyst may experience neurological symptoms ranging in severity from mild to life-threatening. Colloid cysts are relatively rare, accounting for only 2% of all primary brain tumors.

What Causes Colloid Cysts

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