Cystic lesions


Topic Completed: 1 December 2012

Minor changes: 1 July 2020

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Meningocele cystic

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Cite this page: Gulwani H. Meningocele-cystic. website. Accessed December 8th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Posterior mediastinum cysts in infants or children which communicate with meninges, usually through a defect in vertebral bodies
  • Contain clear / amber cerebrospinal fluid
  • Usually incidental finding identified prior to surgery
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Thick fibrous wall, lined by flattened arachnoid cells
  • Variable neural tissue, calcification
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