Traumatic interdural arachnoid cyst in the upper cervical spine. Case report.

Han-Jung Chen, Leung Chen

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The case of an interdural arachnoid cyst of traumatic origin at the C3-5 level in an 18-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with a 1-year history of progressive weakness in left limbs and numbness below the clavicles is reported. He had had a C-2 fracture at the age of 9 years without definite neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a cystic lesion in the C3-5 level. Laminectomy was performed, and an interdural cyst was found. Histological examination revealed fibrous thickening of the arachnoid membrane. A cyst located in the interdural space of upper cervical spine is extremely rare.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)351-353
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


  • Adolescent
  • Arachnoid Cysts/diagnosis
  • Arachnoid Cysts/etiology
  • Arachnoid Cysts/pathology
  • Cervical Vertebrae/injuries
  • Dura Mater/pathology
  • Humans
  • Laminectomy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Spinal Fractures/complications


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