Tarlov Cyst Screening Questions

Symptomatic Tarlov Cysts can occur in any area of the spine, but are predominant in the Sacral (tailbone) area. Please take a few minutes to review the Tarlov Cyst screening questions. If you have an MRI indicating Tarlov Cysts and any combination of one or more listed symptoms, then please contact us for an initial evaluation: 972-566-SPINE.

Sacral Tarlov Cysts

  • MRI reporting Sacral Tarlov Cyst(s)?
  • Bladder problems (incontinence, frequency, urgency, residual)? 
  • Bowel problems (Constipation, lack of control)? 
  • Sexual problems (genital pain, persistent arousal, numbness)?  
  • Pain or swelling over the sacrum/low back area? 
  • Sensation that you are sitting on a “rock”? 
  • Trouble with sitting for extended periods of time? 
  • Pain or numbness in the buttock area? 
  • History of headaches? 
  • Onset of sacral pain after a significant occurrence (fall, motor vehicle accident, lifting heavy object)? 
  • History of connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s, lupus, multiple cysts, prolapses)?

Thoracic Tarlov Cysts

  • MRI reporting Thoracic Tarlov cyst(s)?
  • Chest pain or mid-back pain (not related to a heart condition)?
  • Numbness wrapping around the middle of the back?
  • History of headaches?
  • Onset of thoracic pain after a significant occurrence (fall, motor vehicle accident, lifting heavy object)?
  • History of connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s Lupus, multiple cysts)?

Cervical Tarlov Cysts

  • MRI reporting Cervical Tarlov cyst(s)?
  • Neck pain?
  • Pain or numbness radiating down arm, and possibly into hands?
  • History of headaches?
  • Onset of cervical pain after a significant occurrence (fall, motor vehicle accident, lifting heavy object)?
  • History or connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s Lupus, multiple cysts)?