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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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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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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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So it wasn't DVT it was a ruptured bakers cyst on the SIDE of my TKR causing pain and swelling in my knee, foot, and ankle is this strange? Not in calf

So it wasn't DVT it was a ruptured bakers cyst on the SIDE of my TKR causing pain and swelling in my knee, foot, and ankle is this strange? Not in calf

Yes strange!: A Baker's cyst is often associated with internal derangement of the knee and a "rupture" releases some joint fluid but this should NOT affect your foot and ankle. You need to see an Orthopedist or Sport's Medicine Specialist for an evaluation of your symptoms sooner rather than later!
Good Luck
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a baker's cyst in my left leg and my knee is hurting why is that? And how do I get rid of the bakers cyst?

I have a baker's cyst in my left leg and my knee is hurting why is that? And how do I get rid of the bakers cyst?

Meniscus: Bakers cyst are usually caused by fluid from the knee "leaking" out the back of the knee through a weak spot in the lining of the joint. This weak spot is usually caused by a tear in the meniscus. I would recommend a visit to an orthopedist and possibly an MRI to evaluate that meniscus as with your young age a repair of any tears would be best treatment. ...Read more

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I have a old ligament injury to right knee and now on top it I have a bakers cyst. And very swollen hole right leg and can hardly walk and flutters

I have a old ligament injury to right knee and now on top it I have a bakers cyst. And very swollen hole right leg and can hardly walk and flutters

Joint problems: It sounds to me like there are multiple issues surrounding your knee/leg. It is time to get to a board-certified orthopedic surgeon for an in depth evaluation of all the problems. ...Read more

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I have a Bakers cyst measuring 4.4 cm and "bone island" in the femur on right leg/knee. I also have a partial torn meniscus. Is this serious?

I have a Bakers cyst measuring 4.4 cm and "bone island" in the femur on right leg/knee. I also have a partial torn meniscus. Is this serious?

Not life threatening: Not serious in the form of being life threatening. The bone island is likely an incidental finding. A bakers cyst in an adult is usually related to an underlying internal derangement of the knee, such as the meniscal tear you are describing. If you are having trouble it is reasonably simple to take care of both arthroscopically. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a bakers cyst. Advised to rest leg, swelling and pain still no better. Now my ankle hurt & is also swollen. Ddimer ruled out dvt.?

Diagnosed with a bakers cyst. Advised to rest leg, swelling and pain still no better. Now my ankle hurt & is also swollen. Ddimer ruled out dvt.?

A negative: D-dimer usually indicated no clot is present assuming the clot has fully formed and begun to break down.
It is possible your bakers cyst ruptured....This could cause leakage of synovial fluid, swelling and pain. I'd follow up with my orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts on my right side. Is it normal to have calf pain, lower back pain, hip pain, and chest pains, along with usual stomach pains?

I have ovarian cysts on my right side. Is it normal to have calf pain, lower back pain, hip pain, and chest pains, along with usual stomach pains?

No: You may want to look into an alternative source for this pain. The ovaries should not affect your chest or legs, The hip could potentially be referred pain but still unlikely. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a torn meniscus cause a bakers cyst?

Please tell me, could a torn meniscus cause a bakers cyst?

Classic Cause- Yes!: Most baker's cyst are in fact associated with a degenerative meniscal tear, seen often in conjunction with knee joint osteoarthritis. The angered/injured knee joint lining generates more joint fluid than normal, and the fluid finds the pathway of least resistance. Tis pathway can typically course through the base of a meniscal tear or capsule weakness posteriorly resulting in a baker's cyst. ...Read more

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Will taking prednisone cause bakers cyst in knee?

No: I am not aware of any known association of Prednisone causing a baker's cyst. ...Read more

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What causes and treats a bakers cyst?

What causes and treats a bakers cyst?

Arthritis/inflammati: Baker cyst is a fluid filled process located behind the knee. In adults it is often the consequences of arthritis or inflammed meniscal. It is diagnosed by physical exam as well as doppler ultrasound. It can rupture and cause leg swelling and can present similarly as an episode of phlebitus or as a blood clot. Referral to ortho if no response to nsaids. ...Read more

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What would cause a bakers cyst to form out of nowhere?

What would cause a bakers cyst to form out of nowhere?

It depends.: It can be a meniscal tear or arthritis, that is causing the knee to produce fluid, which can collect in the back of the knee, thus, forming a baker's cyst. See an orthopedic knee specialist, who can determine the origin of the cyst. ...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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What cause pain and pressure in back of the knee? There is no Bakers cyst. I have been having painful popping and locking? What could this be. Help

What cause pain and pressure in back of the knee? There is no Bakers cyst. I have been having painful popping and locking? What could this be. Help

Seek help: Popping and locking can be worrisome symptoms. Structures in the back of the knee include your hamstring tendons and PCL, but they’re certainly not limited to this. I’d strongly suggest you get examined by a doctor as leaving a potentially serious injury may cause structural damage in the long run (no pun intended). ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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My doctor recently diagnosed me with a popliteal cyst. My condition worsened so I went back in and it had spread to my calf, over doubling in size. I had no injury to the leg, what could have caused this? I am 30

My doctor recently diagnosed me with a popliteal cyst. My condition worsened so I went back in and it had spread to my calf, over doubling in size. I had no injury to the leg, what could have caused this? I am 30

Surgery: Popliteal cyst are synovial defects located behind the knee they can increase in size and become painful and restrict motion. Surgery can remove cyst and with some mild post operative physical therapy get you back to normal. ...Read more

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I have a Bakers cyst outside my knee joint and I've 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 I've 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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What causes pain in the back of the knee with no bakers cyst. New mri revealed medial meniscus of the posterior root extruded unchanged from last.

What causes pain in the back of the knee with no bakers cyst. New mri revealed medial meniscus of the posterior root extruded unchanged from last.

A variety of possi: It could be related to the cartilage, it could be nerve, it could be tendon, it could even be bone. It depends on the interpretation of the MRI and what was found and also on your clinical evaluation ...Read more

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Can a untreated bakers cyst cause a torn meniscus injuried by twisting/stumbling at work. Er visit with MRI showed bakers cyst, went back to work and had constant pain, difficulty squatting kneeling had cortisone injection, worked for short time, back to

Tear causes cyst: The internally injured knee protects itself by increasing the lubricating fluid production. The fluid created from an injury or cartilage wear when significant, can leak out the back of the knee and take up space between the calf and hamstring muscles making the area full or swollen. This can lead to posterior pain, decreased motion. Treat internal problem to stop the fluid production. ...Read more

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What exactly is the possibility of having a calf strain caused by a baker's cyst?

What exactly is the possibility of having a calf strain caused by a baker's cyst?

Very unlikely. The -: B cyst can burst causing acute pain in the calf, which resembles a strain, but it does not cause a calf strain. ...Read more

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Baker's cyst bursts. Can it cause calf strain?

Baker's cyst bursts. Can it cause calf strain?

Bakers cyst: Rupture of a baker's cyst usually causes calf pain and can cause calf swelling as well. It does not make a patient more likely to sustaining a calf strain. ...Read more

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Could a "partially ruptured bakers cyst" cause pain down to heel? And what is the treatment for that?

Could a "partially ruptured bakers cyst" cause pain down to heel? And what is the treatment for that?

Yes it could: When you rupture a baker cyst, the fluids go down by gravity into the calf muscle and sometime cause pain in the calf muscles area. ...Read more

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Does hoffa fat pad impediment cause pain and pressure behind the knee? No bakers cyst what could be the cause had arthroscopic surgery 8 weeks ago

Does hoffa fat pad impediment cause pain and pressure behind the knee? No bakers cyst what could be the cause had arthroscopic surgery 8 weeks ago

NO: So called Hoffa fat pad syndrome is felt in the FRONT of the knee! You could still be having pain from your recent surgery. Check your knee out with your Orthopedic Surgeon!
(Sounds like an EFFUSION "water on the knee"
Hope this is helpful!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Need expert help. Can I pop a bakers cyst at home?

Need expert help. Can I pop a bakers cyst at home?

Bakers cyst: I wouldn't recommend. But extremely hard and painful and high recurrence ...Read more

Calf Pain (Definition)

Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including referred pain from someplace higher up, like the lower back. The best starting place for calf pain is your primary medical doctor, who can then make an appropriate referral depending on what he or she ...Read more