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J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Mar;24(3):510-3. doi: 10.3171/2015.5.SPINE1590. Epub 2015 Oct 30.

Isadore Max Tarlov (1905-1977) and the controversial Tarlov cyst: historical perspective.

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Department of Neurosurgery, LSU Health-Shreveport, Louisiana.

Abstract

Isadore Max Tarlov, an early neurosurgeon, made several important contributions to the field of spine surgery. He described sacral perineural cysts, now known as Tarlov cysts. Dr. Tarlov also introduced the knee-chest patient position to facilitate exposure and hemostasis in lumbar surgery. In addition, he developed the use of fibrin glue in nerve repair. His book on mechanisms of spinal compression was published in 1957. He published a book of essays titled Principles of Parsimony in Medical Practice that remains highly relevant in today's medical world.

KEYWORDS:

Isadore Max Tarlov; Tarlov cyst; perineural cyst; spinal injury

PMID:
26516664
DOI:
10.3171/2015.5.SPINE1590
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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