Türk Nöroşirürji Dergisi 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 2
Radiological Evaluation of Patients with Headache, Prevelance of Benign Intracranial Pathologies
Emre DURDAĞ, Serdal ALBAYRAK, İbrahim Burak ATÇI, Ömer AYDEN
Elazığ Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Beyin ve Sinir Cerrahisi, Elazığ, Türkiye AIM: With development of radiological examinations over last 20 years, incidence and knowledge about benign intracranial pathologies is increased. Up to our knowledge there isn't a prevalence study about the issue on our country. In this study we want to demostrate the frequency and the relationship between neurological manifestations of these pathologies determined in a neurosurgery outpatient clinic in a period of 6 months.

MATERIAL and METHODS: 308 patients complianing headache are revealed with radiological examinations. The patients needed neurosurgical intervention were excluded. The rest was examined as benign intracranial pathologies.

RESULTS: With detemined indications, 17 mega cisterna magna (% 5.44), 8 empty sella (2.56%), 8 choroid plexus cyst (2.56%), 4 Arnold-Chiari malformation type 1 (% 1.6), 3 pieces of agenesis of the corpus callosum (0.96%), 2 ventricular colloid cyst (0.64%), 2 pineal cysts (0.64%) were detected. Only 4% of these patients had neurological symptoms.

CONCLUSION: Revealing the patients complaining headache with appropriate indications is important for patient and also for physician with the legal responsibility. Neurosurgeons should improve their awareness about these benign pathologies. The importance of them should be exhibited with prospective studies. Anahtar Kelimeler : Radiology, Headache, Benign intracranial pathologies, Prevelance