Signs & Symptoms of Tarlov Cysts

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.

Signs & Symptoms

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.

What symptoms do Tarlov or Meningeal cyst patients have?

Symptoms can vary depending on the location of the cysts.

  • Sacral or tail bone pain or pressurea
  • Pain with sitting. May feel like you are sitting on a rock or an object
  • Avoidance of sitting type activity
  • Pain with standing
  • Pain in the legs and feet especially in the back of the thighs
  • Leg weakness or numbness
  • Bowel or bladder or sexual disfunction
  • Vaginal, rectal, pelvic and/or abdominal pain
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Pain or numbness in the buttocks or between the legs
  • Headaches
  • Symptoms made better by lying down

RELIEF IS HERE

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.

 

Tarlov Cyst Screening Questions

SACRAL TARLOV CYSTS

  • MRI reporting Sacral Tarlov Cyst(s)?
  • Bladder problems (incontinence, frequency, urgency, residual)?
  • Bowel problems (Constipation, lack of control)?
  • Sexual problems (genital pain, persistent arousal, numbness)?
  • Pain or swelling over the sacrum/low back area?
  • Sensation that you are sitting on a “rock”?
  • Trouble with sitting for extended periods of time?
  • Pain or numbness in the buttock area?
  • History of headaches?
  • Onset of sacral pain after a significant occurrence (fall, motor vehicle accident, lifting heavy object)?
  • History of connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s, lupus, multiple cysts, prolapses)?

THORACIC TARLOV CYSTS

  • MRI reporting Thoracic Tarlov cyst(s)?
  • Chest pain or mid-back pain (not related to a heart condition)?
  • Numbness wrapping around the middle of the back?
  • History of headaches?
  • Onset of thoracic pain after a significant occurrence (fall, motor vehicle accident, lifting heavy object)?
  • History of connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s Lupus, multiple cysts)?

CERVICAL TARLOV CYSTS

  • MRI reporting Cervical Tarlov cyst(s)?
  • Neck pain?
  • Pain or numbness radiating down arm, and possibly into hands?
  • History of headaches?
  • Onset of cervical pain after a significant occurrence (fall, motor vehicle accident, lifting heavy object)?
  • History or connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s Lupus, multiple cysts)?

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THE TARLOV CYST DISEASE FOUNDATION

Mission : The Tarlov Cyst Disease Foundation is a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to the research, improved diagnosis and development of successful treatments and outcomes for symptomatic Tarlov cysts.

The Foundation is incorporated exclusively for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes that will seek to improve the level of understanding, diagnosis and treatment of Tarlov cysts.