It is possible that the main title of the report Tarlov Cysts is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
- Perineural Cysts
- Sacral Nerve Root Cysts
Tarlov cysts are fluid-filled sacs that affect the nerve roots of the spine, especially near the base of the spine (sacral region). Individuals may be affected by multiple cysts of varying size. In most cases, Tarlov cysts do not cause symptoms (asymptomatic). However, symptoms can occur depending upon the size and specific location of the cyst. Symptoms sometimes caused by Tarlov cysts include pain, an inability to control bladder and bowel movements (incontinence), and weakness in the legs. Small, asymptomatic cysts can slowly increase in size eventually causing symptoms. The exact cause of Tarlov cysts is unknown. Tarlov cysts were first described in the medical literature in 1938.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852
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Tarlov Cyst Disease Foundation
326 Norton Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37920