Percutaneous CT-guided facet joint synovial cyst rupture: Success with refractory cases and technical considerations Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Intracranial Hypotension
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Myelography


  • Percutaneous image-guided rupture of lumbar facet synovial cysts can improve clinical outcomes and obviate the need for open surgery. This series describes eleven patients who had successful CT-guided lumbar facet synovial cyst ruptures, 82% of which experienced excellent pain relief at a minimum of one-year follow-up. Of the five patients who failed prior fluoroscopic-guided synovial cyst rupture, 80% had a successful CT-guided rupture and one-year sustained pain relief. These findings reinforce minimally invasive CT-guided treatment as an excellent option to improve patient symptoms and potentially avoid open surgery.

publication date

  • May 2018



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.clinimag.2017.10.013

PubMed ID

  • 29120814

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 7

end page

  • 11


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