Which treatment method should be preferred for lumbar discal cysts? A case report and a review of the literature

Neurol Neurochir Pol. 2014 Jan-Feb;48(1):71-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2013.04.003. Epub 2014 Jan 23.


Discal cysts are extremely rare pathologies that occur most often in the lumbar region. The clinical symptoms of discal cysts are indistinguishable from those of a lumbar disc herniation. The aetiology and pathogenesis of discal cysts remain unknown. The optimal treatment of discal cysts also remains controversial. Most cases of lumbar discal cysts are treated surgically, while some cases regress spontaneously. In this article, we report a case of a lumbar discal cyst treated surgically by microdiscectomy. We discuss the treatment options for discal cysts in the context of the literature.

Keywords: Discal cyst; Microsurgery; Radiculopathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cysts / pathology
  • Cysts / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration / pathology*
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration / surgery*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / pathology*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / surgery*
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Microsurgery
  • Radiculopathy / etiology
  • Radiculopathy / surgery
  • Spinal Diseases / pathology
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery*

Supplementary concepts

  • Intervertebral disc disease