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Progressive growth of arachnoid cysts with cauda equina syndrome after lumbar spine surgery

Authors
Journal
Journal of the Chinese Medical Association
1726-4901
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
76
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcma.2013.05.011
Keywords
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Dural Sac
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Spinal Surgery
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Intradural arachnoid cysts are a rare cause of spinal cord compression. In symptomatic cases neuropathic pain, gait disturbance, and paraparesis or quadriparesis are often present. Postoperative arachnoid cysts have rarely been reported. We describe a 56-year-old male who developed progressively enlarging arachnoid cysts with cauda equina syndrome and vertebral body erosion after lumbar surgery. The clinical presentation of the patient, the possible mechanisms of cyst formation, and the management of the disease are discussed with regard to previous literature.

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