Dural ectasia and back pain: review of the literature and case report.

TitleDural ectasia and back pain: review of the literature and case report.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsNallamshetty L, Ahn NU, Ahn UM, Nallamshetty HS, Rose PS, Buchowski JM, Sponseller PD
JournalJournal of spinal disorders & techniques
Volume15
Issue4
Pagination326-9
Date Published2002 Aug
Abstract

Dural ectasia is defined as a ballooning of the dural sac which is more common in patients with connective tissue disorders such as the Marfan syndrome. Several studies have shown that dural ectasia may be associated with such conditions as back pain, headaches, radiculopathies, or incontinence. We present a case of a 52 year old woman with Marfan syndrome who presented with a significantly large anterior sacral meningocele without having associated symptoms. In light of this case, we recommend that asymptomatic Marfan patients with dural ectasia should be closely observed without need for immediate surgical intervention.

Alternate JournalJ Spinal Disord Tech