Discal cyst

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Left leg radiculopathy.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male

2.3 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm cyst within the left anterior epidural space at L4 related directly to the inferior aspect of the L3-4 intervertebral disc. This cyst contains a partial septation and has slightly increased T1 signal relative to CSF. It causes posterior displacement and impingement of the left L4 nerve root.    

Case Discussion

Typical appearance of a discal cyst causing left L4 nerve root compression. Young adult males are the usual demographic for this condition.   

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.