Glue That Pain: A Case Report and Review of Literature

  • Umar Farooq University hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Asad Abbas Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi
  • Asfand Baig Mirza University hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Faiza Nazir
  • Hiten Mehta University hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Amjad Shad, Prof University hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
Keywords: Tarlov cyst, sacral lesion, fibrin glue, percutaneous injection


Tarlov cysts are cystic lesions of the nerve root sheath in the lower spine. With a reported incidence ranging from 1 to 5%, these lesions are fairly rare, benign and often asymptomatic. When they cause neural compression they may become symptomatic with sensory, motor, bowel/bladder and sexual dysfunction. The treatment of symptomatic Tarlov cysts is a controversial issue, ranging from conservative management and local steroid injections to a bewildering assortment of surgical options including CSF diversion procedures and advance microsurgical approaches with various ways of cyst manipulation. All these surgical modalities carry a high risk of serious complications, recurrence with need of a redo operation and a very variable rate of symptomatic relief ranging from 38 – 100 % in different series. Developing from the CT guided needle aspiration of the cyst which suffered disappointment in the form of re accumulation and heralded by earlier reports of aseptic meningitis, CT guided aspiration and subsequent filling of the cyst with fibrin glue has now emerged as a safe, highly effective and first line of treatment for symptomatic Tarlov cyst.


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