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Which treatment method should be preferred for lumbar discal cysts? A case report and a review of the literature

Erhan Arslan1, İrşadi Demirci1, Gülçin Şimşek2, Mehmet Oğuz Kılınçaslan1, Servet Güreşci2, Çiğdem Hacıfazlıoğlu3
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2013.04.003
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2014;48(1):71-75.


Discal cysts are extremely rare pathologies that occur most often in the lumbar region. The clinical symptoms of discal cysts are indistinguishable from those of a lumbar disc herniation. The aetiology and pathogenesis of discal cysts remain unknown. The optimal treatment of discal cysts also remains controversial. Most cases of lumbar discal cysts are treated surgically, while some cases regress spontaneously. In this article, we report a case of a lumbar discal cyst treated surgically by microdiscectomy. We discuss the treatment options for discal cysts in the context of the literature.

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