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Can untreated bakers cyst cause a torn meniscus please clarify answer. could torn meniscus, have been in 1st mri and not have been seen due to bakers cyst, covering it somehow?

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Dr. Robert Boran
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Bakers : Bakers cysts do not cause meniscal tears, however, meniscal tears do cause bakers cysts.
Dr. Harry Zegel
Radiology 51 years experience
See answer: A baker’s cyst is a posterior medial knee protrusion of the joint between the semi-membranosus and gastrocnemius tendons. It fills with joint fluid when there is synovial irritation. A meniscal tear is a source of synovial inflammation forming the bakers cyst – the cyst is a consequence, not a cause. One treats the meniscal tear, not the cyst.
Last updated May 21, 2020

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