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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Tarlov Cyst

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Do tarlov cyst symptoms always get worse?

Do tarlov cyst symptoms always get worse?

No: Tarlov cysts are usually asymptomatic. This means they do not typically cause symptpms/problems. They are often just benign occasional findings on mri's. ...Read more

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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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Mri of lower back shows 2 tarlov cysts which are quite big. No symptoms yet. Should cysts be got rid of before they enlarge / start to cause problems?

Mri of lower back shows 2 tarlov cysts which are quite big. No symptoms yet. Should cysts be got rid of before they enlarge / start to cause problems?

No: If these cysts are not causing symptoms (and they don't commonly cause symptoms) then you don't want to disturb them. They are benign outpouchings of the nerve sheath filled with fluid. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about tarlov cyst?

What can you tell me about tarlov cyst?

Tarlov Cyst: This is a pouch of spinal fluid and nerve formed outside of the spinal canal, but may erode into the bone near the spinal canal. These are usually asymptomatic unless large >1.5cm. Treatment is after a diagnosis of exclusion—if all else fails, nothing else evident, and >1.5 cm, then surgery may be successful. Again, usually not symptomatic. This is a blemish on the nerves like a mole on the skin. ...Read more

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I have a tarlov cyst it is bigger than 6cm so much pain who can I see ?

I have a tarlov cyst it is bigger than 6cm so much pain who can I see ?

Neurosurgeon: You will have to research this a bit, as many neurosurgeons do not operate on this disorder. There is mixed opinion as to the efficacy of surgery. ...Read more

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What causes a tarlov cyst on the spine?

What causes a tarlov cyst on the spine?

Congemital: Your born with them dont assume they appeared with your symptoms they are seenin asymptomatic patients as well. ...Read more

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What is a presacral tarlov cyst? what does presacral mean?

What is a presacral tarlov cyst? what does presacral mean?

Tarlov cysts: Tarlov cysts are benign outpouchings of the meninges which may or may not contain nerve roots. These are usually asymptomatic (incidental finding on MRI scans of the lumbar spine) and occur in the presacral space which is behind the rectum and in front of the sacrum and tail bone (coccyx). The Tarlov cysts are not the cause of the low back pain. ...Read more

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Can a tarlov cyst cause siatica and bowl and bladder issues?

Can a tarlov cyst cause siatica and bowl and bladder issues?

Possible: Tarlov cysts are found within the sacrum and the nerves going to the bowel/bladder are exiting from there. So there could be a connection. Sometimes caudal epidural steroid injections can be helpful however if short-lived in rare situations surgery maybe performed to decompress these areas. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a cure for a tarlov cyst without surgery ?

Please let me know if there is a cure for a tarlov cyst without surgery ?

Yes: Most do not need surgery. It is the very rare Tarlov cyst that requires surgical intervention. Most are asymptomatic and even symptomatic cysts are rarely helped by surgery. ...Read more