Sacral Tarlov cyst: Surgical treatment by clipping

Giampaolo Cantore, Simona Bistazzoni, Vincenzo Esposito, Serena Tola, Jacopo Lenzi, Emiliano Passacantilli, Gualtiero Innocenzi

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Background: This study reports the anatomopathological classification of Tarlov cysts and the various treatment techniques described in the literature. Methods: The authors present their patient series (19 cases) with a long follow-up (range 9 months to 25 years) treated by cyst remodeling around the root using titanium clips. Results: The technique is effective in both avoiding cerebrospinal fluid leakage and resolving bladder dysfunction when urinary symptoms are incomplete and discontinuous. Conclusions: The clipping technique for Tarlov cysts is easy, valid, safe, rapid, and effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-389
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • CSF leak
  • Meningeal perineural cyst
  • Tarlov cyst
  • Urinary impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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