Giant, Completely Calcified Lumbar Juxtafacet Cyst: Report of an Unusual Case
04 December 2012
11 November 2013
19 December 2013 (eFirst)
Study Design Case report.
Objective To report the case of one patient who developed a giant, completely calcified, juxtafacet cyst.
Methods A 57-year-old woman presented with a 2-year history of progressively worsening lower back pain, left leg pain, weakness, and paresthesias. Imaging showed a giant, completely calcified mass arising from the left L5–S1 facet joint, with coexisting grade I L5 on S1 anterolisthesis. The patient was treated with laminectomy, excision of the mass, and L5–S1 fixation and fusion.
Results The patient had an uncomplicated postoperative course and had complete resolution of her symptoms as of 1-year follow-up.
Conclusions When presented with a solid-appearing, calcified mass arising from the facet joint, a completely calcified juxtafacet cyst should be considered as part of the differential diagnosis.