Tarlov cysts

Case contributed by Dr Mahmoud Yacout Alabd

Presentation

Lower back pain radiating to the buttocks and urinary incontinence.

Patient Data

Age: 42
Gender: Female
MRI

Multiple Tarlov cysts at S2-3 level with bone remodeling and compression to the cauda equina roots.

Case Discussion

Tarlov cysts are benign perineural cysts, typically occurring in the lower lumbar and sacral spine, usually seen at the existing foramina arising from exiting nerve roots. They are more common in females. These benign cysts are usually asymptomatic, however sometimes they can grow to a large size and cause pressure symptoms and bone remodeling as in this patient. 

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Case information

rID: 40233
Case created: 13th Oct 2015
Last edited: 22nd Apr 2017
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