Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 146, Issue 7, pp 667–670 | Cite as

CT-guided percutaneous aspiration of Tarlov cyst as a useful diagnostic procedure prior to operative intervention

  • J.-Y. Lee
  • P. Impekoven
  • W. Stenzel
  • M. Löhr
  • R.-I. Ernestus
  • N. Klug
Clinical Article

Summary

Tarlov or perineural cysts are lesions of the nerve root most often found in the sacral region. Several authors recommend surgical treatment of symptomatic Tarlov cysts. However, successful surgical treatment is dependent on appropriate patient selection.

In this article, we report three cases of a sacral perineural cyst, causing sciatic pain, and emphasize the usefulness of CT-guided percutaneous aspiration as an important diagnostic and prognostic procedure prior to definitive operative treatment.

Keywords: Tarlov cyst; perineural cyst; percutaneous aspiration; operative therapy. 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • J.-Y. Lee
    • 1
  • P. Impekoven
    • 2
  • W. Stenzel
    • 3
  • M. Löhr
    • 1
  • R.-I. Ernestus
    • 1
  • N. Klug
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Neuropathology, University of CologneCologneGermany

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