Iatrogenic intradural spinal arachnoid cyst as a complication of lumbar spine surgery: Report of 2 cases

Eric W. Nottmeier, Robert E. Wharen, Naresh Patel

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Abstract

Iatrogenic spinal arachnoid cysts are rare, but have been described as a complication of spinal injection and lumbar puncture procedures. The authors describe 2 cases of iatrogenic spinal arachnoid cyst formation that occurred after incidental durotomy during lumbar spine surgery. In both cases, postoperative MR imaging revealed compression of the cauda equina by an intradural arachnoid cyst. Intradural exploration and fenestration of the arachnoid cyst was accomplished in each case. This entity should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a patient experiencing symptoms of neurological compression after a lumbar surgery complicated by incidental durotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-346
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009

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Arachnoid Cysts
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Spinal Injections
Differential Diagnosis
Spinal intradural arachnoid cysts

Keywords

  • Complication
  • Durotomy
  • Iatrogenic
  • Spinal arachnoid cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology

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Iatrogenic intradural spinal arachnoid cyst as a complication of lumbar spine surgery : Report of 2 cases. / Nottmeier, Eric W.; Wharen, Robert E.; Patel, Naresh.

In: Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Vol. 11, No. 3, 09.2009, p. 344-346.

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