Causes And How To Deal With Tarlov Cysts?

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, how severe is the tarlov cyst? If the size of 1.7 cm is already severe? What is the correct countermeasure and its long-term effects …? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Andi, Thank you for the question.


Tarlov cysts are cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in the nerve roots that commonly occur in the sacrum bones. The cause of this cyst is not known with certainty. Not all cyst sufferers will experience symptoms. Because it is located at the nerve root, the presence of this cyst can cause symptoms of nerve disorders depending on the location of this cyst and the size of the cyst. These cysts can cause symptoms if they are large or if there is an increase in pressure within the cyst that causes pressure on the nerves around them. Symptoms experienced by patients also vary and can disappear. The severity of your condition, besides depending on its size, also depends on the presence or absence of symptoms. With the size you mentioned, if you don't experience symptoms then this condition only needs to be monitored.


Some of the symptoms that can appear are:

pain around the buttocks
weakness in the legs
difficult to sit for long periods of time
numbness or numbness in the legs
changes in the digestive system such as constipation
changes to the urinary system for example often urinating

Handling of these cysts depends on the condition of each patient. If it does not cause symptoms, this cyst only needs to be monitored. If treatment is needed, the doctor can recommend removing this cyst fluid using a large needle (cyst aspiration action). However, this action does not prevent the recurrence of this cyst. Another treatment recommended is surgery that can prevent the cyst from re-emerging. A study showed surgery performed on a cyst more than 1.5 cm in size with symptoms would benefit from this surgery.


Due to limited information about your condition, you should consult a neurosurgeon who has examined you better in understanding your condition. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor about your condition if you still have further questions.


Hopefully this information is useful.

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