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Indication for surgery is more complicated. In response to specific question raised - the "gap" of 4.5mm in a child is considred within limits. This "Gap" is the Atlanto-dental distance which is 3mm in adults and upto 5 mm in children. So no need for alarm so long as your child is OK.

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Dr. Santosh Isaac Poonnoose

Neurosurgeon

Adelaide

Depends on the symptoms for which the scan was done. If there is any signs of nerve irritation the cyst will require intervention possibly in the form of surgery. If it is neck pain - furher assessment to study the stability of the spine will need to be undertaken. The answer to this question is obviously not straightforward.

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Dr. Santosh Isaac Poonnoose

Neurosurgeon

Adelaide

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