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Cranial malformations - arachnoid cyst (cranial and spinal)


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Arachnoid cyst confirmed on imaging with hydrocephalus or other neurological signs
    • A child currently in out of home care (OOHC), or at risk of entering or leaving OOHC, where they have previously been on a waiting list for this problem and were removed without receiving a service.
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Asymptomatic arachnoid cyst/ incidental finding on imaging
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • No category 3 criteria

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • General referral information
  • Clinical neurological assessment
  • Confirmation of OOHC (where appropriate)
  • MRI/CT results

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Previous problems with general anaesthesia and/or significant parental concern about anaesthesia

4. Request

Last updated: 20 December 2021