Tarlov cysts are fluid-filled nerve root cysts found most commonly at the sacral level of the spine – the vertebrae at the base of the spine. These cysts typically occur along the posterior nerve roots. Cysts can be valved or no valves. The main feature that distinguishes Tarlov cysts from other spinal lesions is the presence of spinal nerve root fibers within the cyst wall or in the cyst cavity itself.

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Tarlov Cyst life expectancy

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Is Tarlov Cyst contagious?

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sacral, lumbar, thoracic or cervical nerve root cysts.
perineural cysts. (But not all)

Spinal Cyst
Perineural Cyst


Muscular system
Muscular system
Urinary system
Urinary system


  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Vaginal/rectal pain
  • Pain in the area of the nerves affected by the cysts, especially the buttocks.
  • Weakness of muscles.
  • Difficulty sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Loss of sensation on the skin.
  • Loss of reflexes.
  • Changes in bowel function, such as constipation.
  • Rupture. When Tarlov cysts are ruptured or drained they cause leakage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). ... An undetected rupture can cause intracranial hypotension, including orthostatic neurological symptoms along with headache, nausea, and vomiting that improve when supine.


  • Pain control
  • Surgery
  • Specialist who treat it

    ICD9 and ICD10 codes of Tarlov Cyst

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    Natural treatment of Tarlov Cyst

    Is there any natural treatment for Tarlov Cyst?

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    Living with Tarlov Cyst

    Living with Tarlov Cyst. How to live with Tarlov Cyst?

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    Tarlov Cyst diet

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    Stories of Tarlov Cyst

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    My nightmare began with an accident while on duty in March 2011. I was the passenger in a motor vehicle when the accident happened. After having an MR I scan done it was reported that I have multiple Tarlov cysts on my spine (too many to count). I ...
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    Hi, I am Lisa. I have has several ct scans and mri's through the years which showed terms such as perinueral cysts, and Tarlov Cysts for many years. When I would ask what they were and if they posed any problem, I would be quickly brushed off and tol...
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    I fell from a horse 4 years ago landing on my tailbone and after an X-ray they could see I had bent it! After several weeks of chiropractic treatment I was back in the saddle and felt fine. Then in feb 2015 I I had a fall whilst skiing. It was partic...
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    this showed tarlov perineaul cyst through out spine, bilateral nerve sleeve root cysts.maybe cause for my low intracranial pressure.
    Tarlov Cyst stories
    When I was pregant at 21, I ended up on STD due to having severe pain in my sciatica - I worked a desk job and could not handle sitting for long periods of time. Even after I gave birth, I had severe lower back pain. I tried everything - chiropractic...

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    Does anyone know of any doctors around the cincinnati Ohio area that believes tarlov cysts cause pain. 

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    Statistics of Tarlov Cyst

    60 people with Tarlov Cyst have taken the SF36 survey. Mean of Tarlov Cyst is 1226 points (34 %). Total score ranges from 0 to 3,600 being 0 the worst and 3,600 the best. Take the SF36 Survey

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