A WOMEN'S chiropractic procedure to manipulate her neck may have inadvertently led doctors to discover a large cyst in her brain that had likely been there for decades.

The 22-year-old woman went to the emergency room after experiencing headaches, dizziness and blurred vision for about three months, according to new report of the case, published online Oct.5 in The Journal Of Emergency Medicine.

Her symptoms began after she had chiropractic procedure to treat neck and back pain, as well as other conditions.

[In addition to chiropractors, other health practitioners may perform cervical spine manipulation, including physical therapists and osteopathic doctors. In the woman's case it's unclear who performed the procedure.

Because the woman's symptoms began immediately after the cervical spine manipulation, doctors were concerned she may have experienced a complication from the procedure, according to the report.

For example, the procedure has been linked to tears in the arteries in the neck, as well as stroke, according to a study published in 2013 in the journal PLOS ONE. But imaging of the women's neck showed her blood vessels appeared normal.

Most arachnoid cysts don't change in size, and treatment for the cyst may not be necessary if a patient does not have symptoms, according to NORD.

But since the woman had symptoms, it was recommended that she undergo surgery that involves opening the cyst to allow the fluid to train out, McAninch said.

After the surgery, the women's symptoms mostly disappeared, the report said.


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