Please take a few minutes to review the Tarlov Cyst screening questions. If you have an MRI indicating Tarlov cysts AND any combination of one or more listed symptoms, then please contact us for an initial evaluation.
The condition has no obvious signs and symptoms and, in most cases, people with the condition will not realize that they have it. Therefore, it frequently goes undiagnosed. However, as time progresses, the cerebrospinal fluid within the cyst builds up resulting in the compression of surrounding nerve roots. Signs and symptoms such as intense lower back pain, sciatica (following the compression of the sciatic nerve), urinary incontinence, headaches, sexual dysfunction, constipation, and some loss of feeling or control of movement in the leg and/or foot are indications. These symptoms can also be triggered by several other conditions including trauma, heavy lifting, epidural, and childbirth.
Symptoms can vary depending on the location of the cysts.
A symptomatic Tarlov cyst is a rare disease, but recovery is possible. It is a dilation of the outer covering of the nerve, allowing spinal fluid to get trapped, forming a cyst. The fluid in the cyst puts pressure on adjacent nerves, causing debilitating symptoms. Tarlov cysts are most prevalent in the sacrum or base of the spine, but could occur in the neck or upper back. The cyst is embedded in the nerve and should not be cut.