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Can tarlov cysts at s2-3 be definitively diagnosed by pelvic mri? If not, what is the differential diagnosis and follow up?

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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Usually can be seen

In a lumbar spine mri, pelvic MRI could also be used, but it is typically noted as an incidental finding on a lumbar spine mri.
Most of the time it is not symptomatic. See a neurosurgeon or spinal specialist.

In brief: Usually can be seen

In a lumbar spine mri, pelvic MRI could also be used, but it is typically noted as an incidental finding on a lumbar spine mri.
Most of the time it is not symptomatic. See a neurosurgeon or spinal specialist.
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Tarlov cysts

Tarlov cysts are typically outpouching cysts of the spinal canal and contain spinal fluid found typically in the sacrum. Mri of the pelvis and sacrum can diagnose their existence.
Sometimes lumbar spine MRI will also demonstrate their existence if study goes down to sacrum.

In brief: Tarlov cysts

Tarlov cysts are typically outpouching cysts of the spinal canal and contain spinal fluid found typically in the sacrum. Mri of the pelvis and sacrum can diagnose their existence.
Sometimes lumbar spine MRI will also demonstrate their existence if study goes down to sacrum.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery

In brief: Yes

A tarlov cyst is probably generative bulging of the dura typically causing slow erosion of the sacrum. They can be seen on a pelvic mr. The key point is that the vast, vast majority need no treatment and are present in 10-20% of people above the age of 50.

In brief: Yes

A tarlov cyst is probably generative bulging of the dura typically causing slow erosion of the sacrum. They can be seen on a pelvic mr. The key point is that the vast, vast majority need no treatment and are present in 10-20% of people above the age of 50.
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