Turns out I have a brain tumor. Don’t worry it’s benign. More specifically it’s a colloid cyst in the anterior aspect of the third ventricle. It was discovered in a cat-scan this week that I had done due to a bicycle accident.
Colloid cysts account for approximately 1% of all intracranial tumors and are the most common type of the neuroepithelial cysts, as well as the most common tumor in the third ventricle. Typically, patients are asymptomatic
So, you know, that’s good. In a sense I hit the brain tumor lottery because this type is only 1% of all tumors and is benign. YAY! However:
although colloid cysts may cause symptoms by obstructing the foramen of Monro, which results in sudden death in rare cases.
Euh…what? That’s less good. But I’ve learned:
Symptomatic cysts vary from 6 mm to 9 cm in diameter, but usually range from 1 to 3 cm.
Well, my particular cyst is only 3-4 mm. So, I’m in good shape. Although, initially I thought I was 3-4 CM (EEEK), which would make me far less comfortable.
You know how engineers like to name things? Well, I’m no different. I’m going to name this cyst. I’ll name it Craig for the most active guy in our developer community. Congratulations CRB!! I leave you with this: