Tarlov Cyst Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Tarlov Cyst treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.

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How to Treat Tarlov Cyst


Most of the time, Tarlov cysts do not require treatment.

If you are experiencing symptoms, talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.

Treatment options include:

  • Corticosteroid injections or other medication injections-to relieve pain
  • Prescription medications-such as pain medications, antiseizure medications or antidepressants (both of these may be used to treat pain)
  • Lidoderm patches-applied to the sacral area to provide temporary relief of pain and discomfort
  • Aspiration of the cyst-a needle is used to drain the cyst to relieve symptoms
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)-electrical impulses are delivered through the skin to help control pain

In rare cases, surgery may be done if symptoms are severe and the cyst has caused changes in the bones of the sacrum. Surgery involves removal of a thin layer of bone and the cyst.


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