Back Pain Related to Tarlov Cysts

UCSF Radiologist Dr. Chin explains how to diagnose back pain caused by a Tarlov Cysts.
 

Tarlov Cysts are probably incidental since 5-9% patients may have Tarlov cysts. How do we know it? Is it symptomatic or not?

The cysts can be addressed surgically because they can be fenestrated, oversewn, and collapsed with flap which is helpful and can eradicate the cysts that are symptomatic. 

Patients do have options without surgery so they can have opt to have a nerve block (diagnostic and therapeutic), aspiration, or inject fibrin glue (developed John’s Hopkins). 

 

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