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Useful Links to Medical Information

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Background

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) – This website is a good start and a reliable source of information. NINDS is part of the National Institutes of Health (USA).

Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle,Washington (USA) – The neurosurgery division of Children’s Hospital. Their arachnoid cyst section offers good general explanations for patients and families.

Healthline Topic: Arachnoid Cysts – Well-written description of arachnoid cysts. Good explanation of the treatment options.

Ask the Doc” in Children First for Health – Sponsored by Great Ormond Street Hospital (UK). This is a good general site designed for children and teens to understand conditions affecting themselves or family members.

Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient, Chapter 6 “Arachnoid Cysts, pp 69–74. Online book chapter by Diana W. Bianchi.

Diagrams of the Brain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meninges – A detailed description of the membranes of the brain. Good general information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Illu_meninges.jpg – Very simple but helpful diagram of the brain and arachnoid membrane.

Clinical Consultation

International Neuroscience Institute Hannover

Professor Marcus Stoodley, Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia – Prof. Stoodley is an expert in cyst formation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery – This website has an explanation of arachnoid cysts and further detail about ‘specialty areas’ including paediatric neurology and neurosurgery.

Other Useful Sites

The Arachnoid Cyst Foundation – This is a personal website written by someone who has an arachnoid cyst. There is also a forum contributed to by AC families.

Clinical Trials.gov – Click on ‘Background Information’ to be taken to a window with topics, such as ‘Understanding clinical trials’ and a glossary of clinical trial terms.

Australia New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry – Contains an easy-to-use search option to identify trials of interest.