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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 172154, 9 pages
Review Article

Intracranial Cysts: An Imagery Diagnostic Challenge

Department of Neurology, Colentina Clinical Hospital, CDPC, School of Medicine, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 19-21 Şos. Stefan cel Mare, 020125 Bucharest, Romania

Received 24 March 2013; Accepted 13 April 2013

Academic Editors: J. Benito-Leon and W. Hall

Copyright © 2013 Alexandra Oprişan and Bogdan O. Popescu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intracerebral cysts and cystic appearing intracerebral masses are common findings at routine cerebral imaging examination. We discuss here the most interesting aspects of some intracerebral cysts encountered in medical practice in terms of imaging, clinical and pathological description, and problems of differential diagnosis. On an almost routine basis, the neurologists have to deal with such differentials. Therefore, we aim to mention here some of the frequently encountered diagnosis problems when a patient presents with a cystic cerebral mass.