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《Journal of Practical Radiology》 2004-02
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Sacral Meningeal Cysts:Evaluation with MR Imaging

WANG Fei, YU Bo-lang, ZHANG Ming, JIN Chen-wang(Medical Imaging Cent er, the First Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, Xi’an 710061,Ch ina)  
Objective To study the clinical manifestat ions, MR diagnosis and differential diagnosis of sacral meningeal cyst.Methods 25 patients with sacral meningeal cyst proved by operation and pathology, 9 cases of male, 16 cases of female; the age ranged fro m 18 to 56 years old, average age is 40.3. All cases were performed on MR examin ation. Results The shape of cysts in 19 cases were elliptic,long marsupial shape in 3 cases,irregular in 1 case,string shap in 2 cases.The edge of cysts is clear and the wall of cysts is very thin.MR signal in tensity of fl uid in sacral meningeal cysts exhibits similarity to cerebrospinal fluid,which s hows uniform low signal in T 1WI and high signal in T 2WI.There are 8 cases sc an whose MR signal of cysts fluid is much higher than that of cerebrospinal flui d in T 2WI. In 7 cases thin strip nerve root can be found through the cysts in T 1WI and T 2WI. The antrast enhancement was made in 8 cases and there were no any enhancement both in content and wall of cyst.Conclusion MRI is one of the best examing methods for dia gnosiing of sacral meningeal cyst. Correct mastery of MR manifestations can not only help to give right dignosis, but also provide guidance for choices of clini cal treatment.
【CateGory Index】: R445.2
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