European Radiology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 332–336 | Cite as

Synovial cysts of the lumbar spine: CT and MRI correlations

  • P. Reginster
  • J. Collignon
  • R. F. Dondelinger
Neuroradiology

Abstract

Intraspinal synovial cysts were diagnosed in six patients during a 5-year period and retrospectively studied. Plain films of the lumbar spine showed degenerative changes in all patients. Lumbar myelography showed a posterior and lateral defect caused by extradural compression. Using CT without constrast enhancement established the diagnosis in five of the six-patients. in four cases MRI was performed, three before and after injection of gadolinium diethyline-triamine penta-acetic acid )Gd-DTPA). Including the patient with a false negative CT, MRI was positive in all patients.

Key words

Spine Synovial cysts CT MRI Gadolinium 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Reginster
    • 1
  • J. Collignon
    • 1
  • R. F. Dondelinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical ImagingUniversity Hospital Sart Tilman B 35LiègeBelgium

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