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Synovial cysts at the cervicothoracic junction: Illustrative series of three cases – Published Article

This article discusses the rarity and management of cervical spinal synovial cysts, a condition that affects a small percentage of the population. The authors present three cases of spinal synovial cysts occurring at the C7-T1 junction, which were diagnosed through computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The patients experienced symptoms of pain and radiculopathy, but after undergoing laminectomy, resection, and fusion, all patients reported full resolution of symptoms with no complications. The study concludes that cervical spinal synovial cysts can be effectively treated through surgical intervention, leading to excellent outcomes

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CONCLUSION: Cervical spinal synovial cysts are an uncommon cause of radiculopathy and pain in the upper extremities. They can be diagnosed through CT scans and MRI, and treatment with laminectomy, resection, and fusion results in excellent outcomes.

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Surg Neurol Int. 2023 Jun 8;14:196. doi: 10.25259/SNI_88_2023. eCollection 2023.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Spinal synovial cysts are an uncommon pathology, estimated to affect 0.65-2.6% of the population. Cervical spinal synovial cysts are even rarer, accounting for only 2.6% of spinal synovial cysts. They are more commonly found in the lumbar spine. When they occur, they can compress the,

Surg Neurol Int. 2023 Jun 8;14:196. doi: 10.25259/SNI_88_2023. eCollection 2023.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Spinal synovial cysts are an uncommon pathology, estimated to affect 0.65-2.6% of the population. Cervical spinal synovial cysts are even rarer, accounting for only 2.6% of spinal synovial cysts. They are more commonly found in the lumbar spine. When they occur, they can compress the spinal cord or surrounding nerve roots resulting in neurological symptoms, particularly when they increase in size. Decompression and cyst resection are the most common treatment and typically result in resolution of symptoms.

METHODS: The authors present three cases of spinal synovial cysts occurring at the C7-T1 junction. They occurred in patients aged 47, 56, and 74, respectively, and presented with symptoms of pain and radiculopathy. Diagnosis was made with computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The cysts were managed with laminectomy, resection, and fusion.

RESULTS: All patients reported full resolution of symptoms. There were no intra or postoperative complications.

CONCLUSION: Cervical spinal synovial cysts are an uncommon cause of radiculopathy and pain in the upper extremities. They can be diagnosed through CT scans and MRI, and treatment with laminectomy, resection, and fusion results in excellent outcomes.

PMID:37404504 | PMC:PMC10316244 | DOI:10.25259/SNI_88_2023

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Synovial cysts at the cervicothoracic junction: Illustrative series of three cases

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