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Synovial juxtafacet cyst of the spine presenting as radiculopathy


Mohd Nasir, Mohd Nizlan and K., Selvakumar and Looi, L. M. and R., Kunasegaran (2005) Synovial juxtafacet cyst of the spine presenting as radiculopathy. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1 (2). pp. 131-134. ISSN 1675-8544


Juxtafacet cyst of the spine is a rare occurrence. Reports have described them as synovial cysts; ganglion cyst; extradural cysts as well as degenerative cysts of the spine. Patients may present with radicular pain, motor deficits, sensory disturbances, cauda equine syndrome and even myelopathy. Lumbar juxtafacet cysts may be confused clinically with prolapsed intervertebral disc or other conditions involving nerve root compression such as arachnid cysts, ependymal cysts, dermoid cysts or teramatous cycts. In the case of the juxtafacet cysts, surgical excision is usually curative. We report a case of spinal synovial juxtafacet cysts found intraoperatively in a case that was preoperatively diagnosed as prolapsed intervertebral disc. Synovial juxtafacet cysts of the spine should be considered as one of the differential diagnoses in patients, especially in older patients, presenting with nerve root compression.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Juxtafacet cyst
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 06:01
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 06:01
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/41152
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