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Colloid Cyst: A Case Study

Richards, Jennifer; Ballard, Narendra

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing:
Then & Now

A colloid cyst, also called a neuroepithelial cyst, is a slow‐growing, benign tumor that occurs in the anterior third ventricle. The cyst typically blocks the foramen of Monro, causing obstructive hydrocephalus involving only the lateral ventricles. The most common presenting sign and symptom of a colloid cyst is headache. Less common presenting signs and symptoms include nausea, vomiting, memory loss, mental status changes, gait disorder, and visual disturbances. Surgical resection is the recommended treatment. Meticulous baseline and ongoing neurological assessments are of paramount importance in the care of a patient with a colloid cyst to promote optimal patient outcomes.

Author Information

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Jennifer Richards, MSN RN CNRN, at She is a clinical nurse specialist for neurosciences at Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV.

Narendra Ballard, MSN APN CCRN, is an advanced practice nurse at Sierra Neurosurgery Group, Reno, NV.

© 2008 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses