Sacral nerve root cysts: A review on pathophysiology

Neurol India. 1999 Mar;47(1):61-4.


Nerve root cysts of the sacral region are generally asymptomatic but are known to cause neurogenic claudication. In this paper we present an elderly lady who presented with claudication, whose MR imaging showed a sacral cyst. She underwent lumbo-sacral laminectomy, partial excision of the cyst wall with plication. A review of the possible pathophysiology of such a lesion is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Cysts / pathology
  • Cysts / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Spinal Nerve Roots / pathology
  • Spinal Nerve Roots / physiopathology*