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Is it weird to have a bakers cyst behind their knee?

Is it weird to have a bakers cyst behind their knee?

No: It is not an uncommon issue and is usually related to inflammation, arthritis or damage to the knee. Often, no treatment is needed depending on the degree of symptoms. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What is done for bakers cyst? Does this cause swelling and pain in the knee?

What is done for bakers cyst?  Does this cause swelling and pain in the knee?

Aspirate/ shot: A bakers cyst is a pocket of fluid that accumulates behind the knee. It tends to fluctuate in size with activity. It often is related to some intra-articular pathology. If there is a large amount of fluid i occasionally drain it or use a cortisone injection often when I do an arthroscopy for a problem the cyst will disappear for awhile. ...Read more

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Can a baker cyst untreated cause a meniscus tear knee injury twisted and stumbled

Can a baker cyst untreated cause a meniscus tear knee injury twisted and stumbled

No: Bakers cyst usually secondary to meniscus tear or arthritis. If you fell (regardless of reason), then you can tear your meniscus. ...Read more

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Lump and ache pain behind knee. Bakers cyst or tumor or varicose vein?

Lump and ache pain  behind knee. Bakers cyst or tumor or varicose vein?

Depends: Least likely cause is the bakers cyst as these are usually asymptomatic. The only way that a varicose vein could be felt as a lump is if it has clotted off in which case it usually would also be very painful. Therefore this could be a thrombosed varicose vein. Possibility of tumor can not be discounted as it is included in the differential. ...Read more

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Behind my left knee hurts constantly. My orthopedic specialist thinks its maybe baker cyst. How do we know?

Behind my left knee hurts constantly. My orthopedic specialist thinks its maybe baker cyst. How do we know?

Ultrasound: A bakers cyst can be seen on an ultrsound or mri. Posterior knee pain most commonly is casued by a bakers cyst, half of these are associated with a torn cartilage (torn meniscus). Posterior knee pain can also be caused by a back problem (sciatica) or vascular problem (aneurysm). ...Read more

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I have a Bakers cyst outside my knee joint and Ive been told it will not be removed because it could cause more damage, I've also been told I can go b?

I have a Bakers cyst outside my knee joint and Ive been told it will not be removed because it could cause more damage, I've also been told I can go b?

Second opinion: Bakers cysts can definitely be removed and it is not uncommon to have to do so. The bigger question is are you having enough trouble with it to have it removed. They are also sometimes associated with an internal derangement in the knee and so an MRI can provide more information. If you want it removed and the surgeon is unwilling, consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can u get bakers cyst when you have had a total knee replaced 10 years ago? Pain outside of knee near popliteal nerve & across, behind and into calf.

Can u get bakers cyst when you have had a total knee replaced 10 years ago? Pain outside of knee near popliteal nerve & across, behind and into calf.

Yes: You can develop something similar to a bakers cyst in the back of a knee replacement A bakers cyst is a posterior displacement of knee capsule and fluid between two tendons in the back of the leg, often associated in the native knee with an intra- articular abnormality such as a meniscal tear; can occur in knee replacement if inflammation occurs, such as in polyethylene wear, let surgeon know. ...Read more

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Painful swelling behind knee. Ultrasound did not detect a bakers cyst or anything else, but its painful and tender, especially in the surrounding area?

Painful swelling behind knee. Ultrasound did not detect a bakers cyst or anything else, but its painful and tender, especially in the surrounding area?

Still could be Baker: If it is painful it needs further evaluation. A bakers cyst should easily be seen by ultrasound but sometime the content of the cyst, tissue, synovium, blood, can obscure its deliniation. If x-rays have been ok you may need an MRI but need to consider vascular structures both vein or artery, the posterior knee, cartilage, tumors, etc these are the things to look for. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my knee and my doctor says its a bakers cyst, but I have pain radiating up my calf and slo down to my foot. Could it be a clot?

I have a lump behind my knee and my doctor says its a bakers cyst, but I have pain radiating up my calf and slo down to my foot. Could it be a clot?

Calf pain: Baker cyst & DVT (blood clot) is diagnosed by ultrasound. Baker rarely needs surgery. Treatment is with oral pain meds (motrin , tylenol). Sometimes phy therapy. May help. Pain may radiate to calf (specially if rupture). Ortho if very large or very painful (in order to find cause - ie cartilage damage, infection etc), they may consider drainage & rarely surgery. Good prognosis. ...Read more

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My daughter is 6 mos pregnant and has a bakers cyst behind her knee is this dangerous to her or the baby?

My daughter is 6 mos pregnant and has a bakers cyst behind her knee is this dangerous to her or the baby?

Usually they are not: If she is not having any other symptoms with her knee usually can wait aftewr her delivery.Baker's cyst if intraarticular indicate that ther is another culprit within the joint.Usually they are not dangerous to the mother and cewrtanly not to the baby. ...Read more

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Do baker cyst in your knee grows?

Do baker cyst in your knee grows?

Yes: They are linked to a meniscal tear the more fluid they have the bigger they getthey can get smaller to. ...Read more

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I have pain with my cyst and bakers cyst on my two knees what speacialist deals with these please advise there are hurting me ?

I have pain with my cyst and bakers cyst on my two knees what speacialist deals with these please advise there are hurting me ?

Baker's cyst: Baker's cysts are usually treated by an orthopedic surgeon. In some communitiies there may be general surgeons who have had a lot of experience with this type of cyst. ...Read more

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What can I do to easy the pain in my knee from bakers cyst?

What can I do to easy the pain in my knee from bakers cyst?

NSAIDs;,aspirate: Baker's cysts if painful can be aspirated ( carefully )by your ors. Sometimes the fluid is too thick to be aspirated . If u have an underlying knee problem causing the cyst ( meniscus tear, etc) then take care of the primary knee problem and often the cyst will dissipate w/ time.Rarely, an open cyst excision will be required for painful, recalcitrant cases. ...Read more

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What r symptoms of a rupture baker cyst, and how do I control pain in back of my knee and calf?

What r symptoms of a rupture baker cyst, and how do I control pain in back of my knee and calf?

Be seen: Generally, ganglion cysts, including a baker cyst, will generally feel better when they evacuate. Be seen as your symptoms are not typical. ...Read more

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Baker's Cyst (Definition)

Swelling behind the knee that is composed of a membrane-lined sac filled with synovial fluid and is associated with certain joint disorders (as arthritis). The baker cyst is named after the British physician who "discovered" it. Generally harmless, it necessitate being removed when bothersome (in essence, ...Read more