Background Data: Ligamentum flavum cysts have rarely been reported, it is believed to be a result of degenerative process. Complete excision of the cyst leads to excellent results. Ligamentum flavum cysts have rarely been reported worldwide and never published as an Egyptian case. Purpose: To report a case of ligamentum flavum cysts in the lumbar spine. Study Design: case_report. Patients and Methods: We reported a case of ligamentum flavum cyst atthe level of L4-5 in a 45 year old Egyptian woman, meticulous complete excision of the cyst without any durotomy or CSF leakage. Histopathological examination reported myxoid degeneration of the ligamentum flavum with no synovial cells. Results: the patient was satisfied and all her symptoms were completely resolved with 1 year follow up.Conclusion: ligamentum flavum cyst should be put in mind when reading the MRI. Complete surgical excision should be carried meticulously. (2016ESJ123)
ligamentum flavum, cyst, lumbar spine
How to Cite This Article
Abotakia, Tarek; Allam, Ahmad; and Koptan, Wae
"Ligamentum Flavum Cyst in the Lumbar Spine: A case_report,"
Advanced Spine Journal: Vol. 20
, Article 6.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.21608/esj.2016.4097