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Doctor insights on: Tarlov Cysts

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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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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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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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What are tarlov cysts and what to do for them?

What are tarlov cysts and what to do for them?

Tarlov cysts: Tarlov cysts occur around the nerve roots that exit from your lower spine in the lumbar and sacral region. The cyst is a dilation of the membrane that surrounds the nerve. Most are small and symptomatic while the larger ones can sometimes cause pain, rarely leg weakness. ...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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Doctors says I have tarlov cysts. What in the world?

Doctors says I have tarlov cysts. What in the world?

Tarlov cysts: Tralov cysts are spinal fluid filled cysts at the base of your spine. They are benign but can be painful causing low back pain. They rarely require surgery. ...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