Tarlov cysts

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Tarlov cysts

Tarlov cysts are fluid-filled sacs that most often affect nerve roots in the sacrum, the group of bones at the base of the spine. These cysts can compress nerve roots, causing lower back pain, sciatica (shock-like or burning pain in the lower back, buttocks, and down one leg to below the knee), urinary incontinence, headaches, sexual dysfunction, constipation, and some loss of feeling or control of movement in the leg and/or foot. Pressure on the nerves next to the cysts can also cause pain and deterioration of the surrounding bone. Tarlov cysts may become symptomatic following shock, trauma, or exertion that causes the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid. Current information indicates that women are more commonly diagnosed with Tarlov cysts.  The reason for this is unknown.
 

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The terms "Tarlov cysts" returned 7 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Treatment of 213 Patients with Symptomatic Tarlov Cysts by CT-Guided Percutaneous Injection of Fibrin Sealant.
 

Author(s): K Murphy, A L Oaklander, G Elias, S Kathuria, D M Long

Journal: AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2016 Feb;37(2):373-9.

 

There has been a steady progression of case reports and a small surgical series that report successful surgical treatment of Tarlov cysts with concomitant relief of patients' symptoms and improvement in their neurological dysfunction, yet patients are still told that these lesions ...

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2016

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Incidence of spinal perineurial (Tarlov) cysts among East-European patients.
 

Author(s): Franciszek Burdan, Agnieszka Mocarska, Marzena Janczarek, Robert Klepacz, Marek Łosicki, Krzysztof Patyra, Agnieszka Brodzik, Joanna Kiszka, Aneta Chruścicka, Iwonna Żelzowska-Cieślińska, Elżbieta Starosławska

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The spinal perineurial cyst (Tarlov) is a dilatation between the perineurium and endoneurium of spinal nerve roots, located at level of the spinal ganglion and filled with cerebrospinal fluid but without communication with the perineurial subarachnoid space. The aim of the study was ...

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013

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Caudal epidural injections for the treatment of tarlov cysts: suggestions for the better results.
 

Author(s): Wonseok Hur, Sang Sik Choi, Jae Jin Lee

Journal: Pain Physician. ;15(3):E351-353; author reply E353.

 

Last Updated: 24 May 2012

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The terms "Tarlov cysts" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Tarlov cysts: report of four cases].
 

Author(s): Márcia Cristina da Paixão Rodrigues Miranda de Sá, Renato Carlos Ferreira Leite Miranda de Sá

Journal: Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2004 Sep;62(3A):689-94.

 

Four perineurial cysts cases (Tarlov's cysts) are reported. The purpose of this study is to describe and to compare them with data from a literature review. The evaluation was performed among 88 adult patients with symptoms of radiculopathy, sacral pain, low back pain. Four patients ...

Last Updated: 30 Aug 2004

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Treatment of the Symptomatic Sacral Perineurial Cysts
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pain

 

Last Updated: 1 Nov 2015

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