Ganglion cyst of a lumbar facet joint in an adolescent—a case report

  • Varatharaj MounasamyEmail author
  • Behnam Myers
  • Jonathan H. Phillips
Case Report


‘Lumbar facet joint synovial cyst’ is the recent terminology used to describe cysts within and outside the lumbar spinal canal. These include ganglion cysts, synovial cysts and cysts arising from the ligamentum flavum. Ganglion or synovial cysts typically arise from the joints and tendon sheaths of the appendicular skeleton but are uncommon in the spinal facet joints and rare in an adolescent. This case report illustrates a 14-year-old female patient of the senior author (JHP) with lumbar facet joint cyst who presented with lower back pain. Excisional biopsy was performed and the histology confirmed the diagnosis of a ganglion cyst.


Ganglion cyst Synovial cyst Lumbar facet joint 

Kyste articulaire facettaire lombaire chez un adolescent


Le kyste synovial des articulaires postérieures est la terminologie récente utilisée pour décrire les kystes situés à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur du canal lombaire. Ce terme inclut les kystes mucoïdes, les kystes synoviaux, les kystes du ligament jaune. Les kystes synoviaux proviennent classiquement des articulations et des gaines tendineuses des membres, mais sont inhabituels au niveau des articulations interapophysaires vertébrales et rares chez l’adolescent. Le cas rapporté est survenu chez une jeune fille de 14 ans qui souffrait de lombalgies. Une résection chirurgicale a été effectuée et l’examen histologique a confirmé le diagnostic de kyste synovial.

Mots clés

Kyste synovial Articulation interapophysaire lombaire 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Varatharaj Mounasamy
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Behnam Myers
    • 1
  • Jonathan H. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Nemour’s Children’s ClinicOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.CharlottesvilleUSA

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