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[Imaging of the lumbar synoval cysts]

PATAY Zoltán1, TOURNADE Alain2, BALÉRIAUX Danielle1, TAJAHMADY Taghy2, BERKY Mihály3

NOVEMBER 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(11-12)

[Lumbar synovial cysts are infrequent but characteristic manifestations of the commonly encountered but rather complex degenerative disorders affecting the lumbar zygapophyseal joints. The anatomical disposition of the different components of the lumbar motion segment, their sensory innervation and their topographic relationship with the neighbouring nerve structures explain why the neurogical manifestations of these affections, as well as of other articular disorders, cannot always be distinguished from those of discal origin. However, modern imaging methods allow the resolution of the radiological and consequently of the clinical differential diagnostic problems. The systematic use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of low back pain syndromes has resulted in the recognition and precise description of the practically pathognomonic „radiological syndrome” of the synovial cysts of the lumbar zygapophyseal joints.]

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  1. Service de Radiologie, Hopital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brüsszel, Belgium
  2. Service de Neuroradiologie, Centre Hospitaler L. Pasteur, Colmar, Franciaország
  3. Magyar Honvédség, Központi Honvédkórház, Neurológiai Osztály, Budapest

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