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Popliteal Cysts Imaging - Picture, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Popliteal Cysts

What is Popliteal Cysts?

Popliteal Cysts is a collection of the joint fluid which mostly occurs at the back of the knee. It is also known as bakers cysts.

Causes of Popliteal Cysts

  • Popliteal Cysts may occur because of the connection of a normal bursa with the knee joint but this is mostly occur to the children.
  • Popliteal cysts can also arise because of cartilage tears or arthritis.
  • Injury or the inflammation of the knee joint may also cause to this disease.
  • It can also occur because of rheumatoid arthritis or any other problem of knee.
  • It is also occurs because of swelling of knee joint.

Symptoms of Popliteal Cysts

•  Patient might have bulge behind the knee.

•  Tightness at the back of the knee when it is fully flexed.

•  Blood clot in the leg.

•  There may be a rounded swelling and pain behind the knee.

•  It can create difficulty in folding the joint.

•  A cyst like water-filled balloon may occur at the back of the knee.

Treatment of Popliteal Cysts

  • Treatment starts with anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Injection of steroid solution is used to make cyst dry when it become large enough.
  • Ice in elastic wrap coupled is used to decrease the size of this cyst.
  • Cortisone injections also used in treatment.
  • Some non-surgical treatment such as massage treatment and electrical stimulation may be used to reduce knee swelling.
  • Cyst can be aspirated when it become solid and gel-like.
  • When non-surgical treatment fails then surgical treatment is used.


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