Synovial cysts of the spine

B. M. Onofrio, A. D. Mih

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A series of 13 patients with synovial or ganglion cysts of the spinal facet joints causing nerve root compression is reported. These cysts were found in both the cervical and the lumbar spine, and the anatomical location of each cyst corresponded to the patient's signs and symptoms. In no case was there evidence of intervertebral disc abnormality found at operation. The patients ranged from 49 to 77 years of age and included 4 men and 9 women. Radiographic evidence of facet degenerative change and degenerative spondylolisthesis was frequently but not invariably noted. The extradural defects defined with positive contrast myelography or postmyelography computed tomographic scanning were usually posterior or posterolateral to the common dural sac and were misinterpreted as extruded discs in the majority of cases. Treatment consisted of laminectomy and surgical excision of cysts. All patients reported improvement or resolution of their presenting symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-647
Number of pages6
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Synovial Cyst
Spine
Cysts
Ganglion Cysts
Zygapophyseal Joint
Spondylolisthesis
Myelography
Radiculopathy
Laminectomy
Intervertebral Disc
Signs and Symptoms

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Onofrio, B. M., & Mih, A. D. (1988). Synovial cysts of the spine. Neurosurgery, 22(4), 642-647.

Synovial cysts of the spine. / Onofrio, B. M.; Mih, A. D.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 22, No. 4, 1988, p. 642-647.

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Onofrio, BM & Mih, AD 1988, 'Synovial cysts of the spine', Neurosurgery, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 642-647.
Onofrio BM, Mih AD. Synovial cysts of the spine. Neurosurgery. 1988;22(4):642-647.
Onofrio, B. M. ; Mih, A. D. / Synovial cysts of the spine. In: Neurosurgery. 1988 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 642-647.
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