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8 year old with mild spina bifida. We just found she has 2 cysts on the sacral region of her spine. Can cysts be malignant? We are worried

8 year old with mild spina bifida.  We just found she has 2 cysts on the sacral region of her spine.  Can cysts be malignant? We are worried

Rare if ever: These are uncommon and usually represent surface cells incorporated in the formation of the cord called a dermoid. These are often just watched over time to see if they behave in a benign way. Removal is often problematic if located within delicate nerve pathways. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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MRI results of lumbar spine: Small synovial cysts along the posterior aspect of the left articular facet? What does this mean in 30yr old female

MRI results of lumbar spine: Small synovial cysts along the posterior aspect of the left articular facet? What does this mean in 30yr old female

No real issue: Synovial cysts are congenital variations of no significance unless they substantially enlarge, and in your case, seem a co-incidental finding of little relevance. Discuss in more detail with your doctor and have him/her demonstrate the findings on the films to provide further reassurance. ...Read more

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What can be done for a fetus with cyst on spine?

What can be done for a fetus with cyst on spine?

Cyst or defect?: The differential diagnosis for fetal spinal cyst: spina bifia/myelomeningocele (fetal intervention available since moms trial), spinal cord cyst (rare - postnatal excision), sacrococcygeal teratoma (fetal and/or neonatal surgery required), cystic hygroma (marker of chromosomal anomalies that cannot be treated). Seek expert care - e.g. : http://women.Texaschildrens.Org/fetalcenter/. ...Read more

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Cyst near spine, could it have ruptured?

Cyst near spine, could it have ruptured?

Possibly: Cysts can, indeed, rupture or resolve spontaneously. So if you have had symptoms which are now gone, that may be what happened. ...Read more

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Had 2nd MRI with contrast on spine. Have numerous perineural cysts. What can be done to reduce back pain and rib pain from these cysts?

Had 2nd MRI with contrast on spine. Have numerous perineural cysts. What can be done to reduce back pain and rib pain from these cysts?

Depends: These perineural cysts can be treated with transforminal epidural steroid injections or even radiofrequency ablation procedures to the facet joints to reduce pain from them. If these do not help then consider possible surgery, but surgery has not shown any real good long term results either. ...Read more

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