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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?

Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?

Maybe: There are different kinds of "cysts" but the most common "cyst" in the lumbar spine that causes is a pinched nerve is a synovial cyst. This is and inflammatory cyst that causes symptoms of a pinched nerve. Surgery is sometimes indicated for large, painful cysts that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments like pt and injections. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Dr. Karen Dantin
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Dr. Justin Esterberg
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
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Had MRI on lumbar spine, tarlov cyst found. Severe lower back and r leg pain. What q should I ask the doctor tomorrow?

Dr. Justin Esterberg
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
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Had MRI on lumbar spine, tarlov cyst found. Severe lower back and r leg pain. What q should I ask the doctor tomorrow?

Leg pain: Tarlov cysts a commonly seen on mris. They often do not cause pain. Typically there is something else going on that causes pain such as a disc or arthritis pinching a nerve-which is a good question for your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
17 years in practice
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Dr. Todd Woltman
Board Certified, General Surgery
25 years in practice
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Can hydratenitis suprativa cause cysts on the spine?

Dr. Todd Woltman
Board Certified, General Surgery
25 years in practice
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Can hydratenitis suprativa cause cysts on the spine?

NO: This generally appears in the arm pits or groin area. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
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How dangerous is a cyst next to the spine?

Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
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Depends: If it's a cyst in the skin then there is no danger. If it is a cyst coming from the lining of the spinal cord then it could cause problems. Cysts are benign and can remain stable your whole life and never grow. Only if it were to get bigger and push on the spinal cord itself would it become a problem ...Read more

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Dr. Guy Fogel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
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What does a cyst by my spine mean?

Dr. Guy Fogel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
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Facet cyst: Cysts usually are related to the facet joint and may cause pressure on a nerve. If they do not pressure the nerve then they can be ignored. ...Read more

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