If You Suffer from Back Pain, Have Had an MRI, and Learn You have “Tarlov Cysts” (AKA Perineural Cysts) – What Should You Do to Better Understand Them?

“Tarlov Cysts”

If you suffer from back pain (possibly low back pain); have had an MRI test conducted on the Lumbar area or possibly other areas of your spine —  PLEASE request a written copy of the results of your spinal MRI — even if the doctor says your results are “Normal”. 

After reading through the results, if you see “Tarlov Cysts” or Perineural Cysts mentioned in your report; but no other description about them — such as their exact size, exact number at a specific location, then please call your doctor and ask him or her to contact the radiologist to have them amend your MRI report to include those details, and obtain the revised report with that information. 

This information about your “Tarlov Cysts” is important for you to know. 

Unfortunately, most doctors, even specialists, contend that Tarlov cysts, particularly smaller ones, are asymptomatic (meaning no symptoms which equals no pain.) 

However, it has been shown that Tarlov cysts can cause pain primarily if the person has experienced some traumatic event.  This type of  trauma would include such events as falling or being in a vehicle accident, or even picking up heavy items. 

I feel it is good to know these things as it can help you with your daily activities and make decisions about what to refrain from doing, and being more careful with your walking so you don’t fall.

Click HERE for links to some “YouTube” Videos about “Tarlov Cysts” 

Click HERE for a link to the Closed Facebook Group:  “Tarlov Cysters”

Click HERE for the Closed Facebook Group:  “Tarlov Cyst Support”

There are other Facebook Groups whose focus is “Tarlov Cysts” that can be explored as well.

Link to “Clinicalgate” and their article about Tarlov Cysts.

“Tarlov Cysts”

“Frank Feigenbaum, Jean-Marc Voyadzis, Fraser C. Henderson”

Exerpt from report below:

“Tarlov cyst is a bulbous enlargement of a spinal nerve root cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) space that is distinct from other meningeal cysts, such as dural ectasia or meningeal diverticula. Tarlov cysts most often are found in the sacral spinal canal, where they can produce bone erosion and compression of adjacent spinal nerve roots, resulting in a debilitating sacral radiculopathy syndrome.

“Tarlov first described these cysts in 1938 during his autopsy studies of the filum terminale at the Montreal Neurological Institute.1 Since his seminal report, numerous cases of symptomatic Tarlov cysts have been published in the literature.27 With the advent of MRI, our ability to diagnose meningeal cysts, such as Tarlov cysts, has been enhanced.”


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