Pelvic occupation: the challenges of treating a symptomatic tarlov cyst

Br J Neurosurg. 2019 Jun;33(3):255-257. doi: 10.1080/02688697.2017.1324111. Epub 2017 May 4.


Tarlov (perineural) cysts are meningeal dilations of the posterior spinal nerve root sheath located in between the peri- and endoneurium. We present a patient with a symptomatic sacral Tarlov cyst and the technical challenges faced by surgically treating the lesion by disconnection of the cyst from the subarachnoid space.

Keywords: Tarlov; cyst; laminectomy; neuroanatomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Sacrococcygeal Region / diagnostic imaging
  • Sacrococcygeal Region / surgery
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Subarachnoid Space / diagnostic imaging
  • Subarachnoid Space / surgery
  • Tarlov Cysts / diagnostic imaging
  • Tarlov Cysts / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome