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Chirurgia 2012 April;25(2):151-3

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L5 radicular pain related to a vertebral posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL) cyst. Clinical presentation, radiological and intraoperative findings. Case report and review of the literature

Kalfas F., Ronchini N., Godowicz T. T., Severi P.

Department of Neurological Surgery, Galliera Hospitals, Genoa, Italy


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Vertebral posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL) cysts are a rare cause of lumbosacral radicular compression. The authors present the case of a 35-year-old man, who suffered a left L5 radicular pain. CT and MRI images demonstrated an intraspinal cystic lesion causing the radicular pain. During surgery a liquid-containing cyst originating from the posterior longitudinal ligament was resected. Clinical, radiological and surgical management of the pathology are discussed.

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