European Spine Journal

, Volume 19, Supplement 2, pp 100–102 | Cite as

Cervical synovial cyst: case report and review of literature

  • Francesco Costa
  • Claudia Menghetti
  • Andrea Cardia
  • Maurizio Fornari
  • Alessandro Ortolina
Case Report


Synovial cysts, typically observed in the lumbar spine eventually associated with degenerative changes of the facet joints, only rarely present in the cervical spine. Up to now, only 28 symptomatic cases are described in literature. Typically, the treatment of these cases is a decompressive laminectomy followed by complete surgical removal of the lesion. The authors present the case of an 84-year-old man with a symptomatic synovial cyst involving the space between C7 and T1.


Cervical cyst Cervical compression Synovial cyst Symptomatic cyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Costa
    • 1
  • Claudia Menghetti
    • 1
  • Andrea Cardia
    • 1
  • Maurizio Fornari
    • 1
  • Alessandro Ortolina
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryIstituto IRCCS GaleazziMilanItaly

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