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Spontaneous regression of a discal cyst. Case report.
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PMID:  17233298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors describe a case of a discal cyst that resolved almost completely without direct intervention. Discal cysts are rare, with the authors of only a few case reports describing this entity. These reports all identify at least some intervention performed for alleviation of the symptoms, including open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or percutaneous puncture with aspiration. The authors report on a 35-year-old man with radiculopathy who presented with a discal cyst and was treated with a routine epidural injection and selective nerve root block. Within 5 months, the discal cyst showed dramatic regression on magnetic resonance imaging and the patient's symptoms improved. The natural history of this pathological entity is unknown, and to the authors' knowledge this is the first detailed report of the regression of a discal cyst without surgery or aspiration.
Dean Chou; Justin S Smith; Cynthia T Chin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurosurgery. Spine     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1547-5654     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-19     Completed Date:  2007-02-15     Revised Date:  2007-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101223545     Medline TA:  J Neurosurg Spine     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurological Surgery, Division of Neuroradiology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Back Pain / etiology
Cysts / complications,  pathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Radiculopathy / etiology
Remission, Spontaneous
Spinal Diseases / complications,  pathology*
Comment In:
J Neurosurg Spine. 2007 Jul;7(1):113-4; author reply 114   [PMID:  17633500 ]

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