Cervical juxtafacet cyst combined with spinal dysraphism.
ABSTRACT Juxtafacet cysts of the cervical and thoracic spine are rare and often cause radiculopathy or myelopathy. We present a case of a patient with radicular pain and early onset myelopathy. A juxtafacet cyst at the cervico-thoracic junction combined with discal herniation and spina bifida occulta was diagnosed with computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Laminectomy with removal of the cyst was the treatment and the patient recovered rapidly.
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ABSTRACT: Intraspinal synovial or ganglion cysts of the cervical spine are rare. We present the third reported case of a degenerative articular cyst of the upper cervical spine, involving the quadrate ligament of the odontoid process. Magnetic resonance examination reveals typical images. A new, more general terminology is proposed.Neurosurgery 07/1992; 30(6):914-6. · 2.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Juxtafacet cysts of the cervical and thoracic spine are rare and often present with myelopathy. Juxtafacet cysts are well recognized entities found commonly in the lumbar spine but are unusual in the cervical and thoracic spine. We present a case of a patient with gait disturbance and early myelopathy who was found to have a juxtafacet cyst at the cervico-thoracic junction. We further review the literature. To describe a case of a cervico-thoracic juxtafacet cyst and review the literature. Case report and subject review. One patient presenting with early myelopathy and pain underwent surgery for resection of the lesion. Pathologic analysis revealed a juxtafacet cyst. The patient recovered uneventfully with relief of his pain. Pubmed review revealed less than 30 similar cases in the literature. Juxtafacet cysts of the cervical spine are rare entities. These lesions comprise both synovial cysts and ganglion cysts. The benign lesions present with myelopathy and should be considered in patients with cystic lesions in the cervical spinal canal.The Spine Journal 01/2006; 6(3):279-81. · 3.36 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: A series of 13 patients with synovial or ganglion cysts of the spinal facet joints causing nerve root compression is reported. These cysts were found in both the cervical and the lumbar spine, and the anatomical location of each cyst corresponded to the patient's signs and symptoms. In no case was there evidence of intervertebral disc abnormality found at operation. The patients ranged from 49 to 77 years of age and included 4 men and 9 women. Radiographic evidence of facet degenerative change and degenerative spondylolisthesis was frequently but not invariably noted. The extradural defects defined with positive contrast myelography or postmyelography computed tomographic scanning were usually posterior or posterolateral to the common dural sac and were misinterpreted as extruded discs in the majority of cases. Treatment consisted of laminectomy and surgical excision of cysts. All patients reported improvement or resolution of their presenting symptoms.Neurosurgery 05/1988; 22(4):642-7. · 2.53 Impact Factor