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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Tarlov Cyst Disease Day

WHEREAS, Tarlov cyst disease is classified as a rare disease where cerebrospinal fluid-filled sacs form in the nerve roots near the base of the spine, however these cysts can be present along any part of the spine; and

WHEREAS, Tarlov cysts may be known to be asymptomatic, but due to nerve compression and inflation, many cysts may cause bone erosion, radicular pain, weakness, and neurologic dysfunction including bowel or bladder changes; and

WHEREAS, when symptomatic, Tarlov cysts can be progressive, extremely painful and debilitating, and can often limit the patient’s ability to walk, sit or stand; and

WHEREAS, more women are diagnosed with Tarlov cyst disease than men; and

WHEREAS, Tarlov cyst disease symptoms vary widely based on the severity of each case and include, but are not limited to, varying levels of intractable pain that are usually defined by cyst location and associated nerve distribution; and

WHEREAS, progressive nerve compression can lead to neurological damage; and

WHEREAS, the pain often mimics other conditions; therefore, making this rare disease difficult to diagnose; and

WHEREAS, treatment for Tarlov cyst disease generally focuses on controlling symptoms, with some patients finding long term relief through surgical intervention; and

WHEREAS, some patients with Tarlov cyst disease may also present with additional co-morbid conditions such as connective tissue disorders, and patients often remain at an increased risk of developing other conditions and diseases due to the limited invasive medical treatments to provide relief of pain and symptoms; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 16, 2023, as TARLOV CYST DISEASE DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.