Doctor insights on:
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
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
Try this: http://www.tarlovcystfoundation.orgGet a more detailed answer ›
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
Leave alone: Generally, they can be left alone. Rarely symptomatic. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any new treatments for tarlov cysts in the sacral area? If so what are they? I have tarlov cyst that is 3 cm. Very painful for 3 weeks.
Is it common for patients to have multiple cystic lesions at s2-3 level (4+)? Since imaging alone cannot diagnose lesions, what follow up is needed? What, aside from tarlov cysts, could lesions be?
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