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Back mri shows many perineural cysts, spine doc says they're not touching nerves not to worry. how common are these?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
5 percent: Some degree of peri neural cysts are seen in about 3-5 percent of lumbar MRI scans. They are often a symptomatic and as such in many cases are considered almost incidental findings. Meaning a finding seen on an imaging study that does not require treatment or further evaluation.

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