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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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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?

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. Dennis Higginbotham
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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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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?

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. Todd Woltman
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Dr. Susan Arnoult
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How dangerous is a cyst next to the spine?

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
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What does a cyst by my spine mean?

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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