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Imaging of Spinal Meningeal Cysts 2007

General Spine

Joel K Cure, MD

Scientific Poster

Exhibit Panels: 2


To illustrate the imaging appearance of spinal meningeal cysts.

Methods & Materials

Myelography, CT myelography, magnetic resonance imaging (including CSF cine phase contrast flow imaging), and direct puncture cystography were employed to evaluate spinal meningeal cysts.


The imaging appearance of all three types of spinal meningeal cysts are illustrated. Utility of direct puncture methods in some cases will also be demonstrated.


The three types of spinal meningeal cysts can be distinguished by noninvasive imaging. In some patients, guided cyst puncture may be prognostically useful in evaluating the drainage pattern of the cyst and in predicting the response to surgical decompression.


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2. Khosla A, Wippold FJ III. Imaing of extramedullary cysts of the spinal canal in adult and pediatric patients. AJR 2002;178:201-207