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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

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What are effective tarlov cyst treatment?

What are effective tarlov cyst treatment?

Nothing: Tar log cysts are expansions of the dural sleeve around a nerve where the nerve exists the spine. Usually they are incidental and best not having any interventions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some good tarlov cyst treatment?

Can you tell me some good tarlov cyst treatment?

Not surgery: Most Tarlov cysts do not need treatment. They are outpouches of dura with fluid in them. They are rarely symptomatic and do not require any treatment. ...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

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What are tarlov cysts in your lower back 2.6 CM and can cause constipation ?

What are tarlov cysts in your lower back  2.6 CM and can  cause constipation ?

Wow: A 2.6 centimeter (1 inch) tarlov cyst needs to be followed to make sure it is not expanding and causing an instability or erosion of the vertebral body. It is unlikely to be causing constipation. ...Read more

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I have both tarlov cysts & osteonecrosis. Found out about them at the same time. Can the cysts cause the osteonecrosis?

I have both tarlov cysts & osteonecrosis.   Found out about them at the same time. Can the cysts cause the osteonecrosis?

Not likely: Tarlov cysts (perineural cysts) are benign sometimes enlarging lesions in the lumbosacral spine that are usually found incidentally by xray or MRI. They can cause back pain, nerve pain and leg weakness. Some require surgical treatment if they are pushing on a nerve. They are not causally related to osteonecrosis. ...Read more

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Can tarlov cyst cause severe pain, and permanent nerve damage?

Can tarlov cyst cause severe pain, and permanent nerve damage?

Normally no: These are usually incidental findings when an MRI is done of the lumbar spine. They are often well below the nerves that would cause back or leg pain. A spine specialist could help explain this further and help with your diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have multiple Tarlov cysts in my Sacrum, besides pain would this cause a numbness feeling in my right flank area.

I have multiple Tarlov cysts in my Sacrum, besides pain would this cause a numbness feeling in my right flank area.

Not likely: Tarlov's cysts in the sacrum MIGHT cause symptoms further down your back or legs, but should not affect your flank area (above the pelvis and below the ribs in your back) because nerve sensations all go down rather than up. You could however have something else going on further up in your spine to explain this. See the doc who diagnosed the cysts. Good luck. ...Read more