DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- After seven years with Ohio State University, Urban Meyer announced he would step down as head coach.
Meyer cites his arachnoid cyst as part of the reason he’s stepping down. Video from Saturday’s game in Indianapolis shows Meyer kneeling down seemingly in pain.
“I’ve had to deal with headaches for many years. It came to a head in 2014 and then again last year and then this year as well,” Meyer said.
At Miami Valley Hospital, neurologist Ania Pollack operated on an arachnoid brain cyst last week.
“It forms when we are still in our mom’s womb. The membranes don’t split properly and they form a cyst out of very thin membrane,” Pollack said.
The cysts are not life threatening. Pollack said most patients don’t notice them.
“Percieved symptoms are usually related to something else. Saying that, there is a smaller patient sub population that are symptomatic,” Pollack said.
Meyer has had surgery to drain the cyst in the past. Pollack said surgery on arachnoid cysts are also rare. She added that when there is surgery, there are very specific criteria to follow.
Pollack said without knowing the specifics of Meyer’s medical condition, it’s hard to determine how much of an impact the stress of his job has played on his cysts.