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  Title Tarlov's cysts: an overview of a common space-occupying lesion of the spine and its characteristics on MRI
Journal JACA Online. 2007 Dec;44(9):Online access only p 7-9
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Excerpt: Tarlov’s cysts (Tarlov cysts, TCs, perineural cysts) are fluid-filledmeningeal dilations of the posterior nerve root sheath, usually at the dorsal root ganglion. They are commonly viewed in the sacrum but can also be observed in the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. Dr. Isadore Tarlov first described the presence of perineurial cysts in 1931 while studying the histology of the filum terminale at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Since then, this finding has borne his name. Despite its identification 70 years ago, scant scientific knowledge is available about this condition. Studies have shown TCs to be present in 4.6-9% of the population. Although they are usually considered a coincidental finding on MRI and predominantly asymptomatic, Tarlov’s cysts have been attributed to being symptomatic up to 20% of the time3 and could pose a challenge to both the patient and the clinician.

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