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My sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How is this typically treated?

My sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How is this typically treated?

Depends: Ganglion cysts (also known as Baker's Cysts) are synovial cysts of the knee joint. In most cases they are treated conservatively. In cases where they are very large they can be drained but often recur. Very large cysts are best excised in very rare circumstances ...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 do you suggest if my sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How can this be treated?

What do you suggest if my sister has got ganglion cyst on her knee joint. How can this be treated?

Only if painful: Ganglion cysts are fluid filled structures usually associated with a joint. The wrist is most commonly involved but any joint can be affected. If not bothersome, no treatment may be needed. Causes of knee cyst include inflammation, meniscal injuries, bursitis and tendinitis, or ligament injury. Large cysts behind the knee can affect circulation. If bothersome get it checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Diagnosis ganglion cyst. It is 4" diam, and 4 inches BELOW knee on tibia. No pain. Correct dx? Ok to run? Workout? Thought these were on joints and small

Dr. Diagnosis ganglion cyst. It is 4" diam, and 4 inches BELOW knee on tibia. No pain. Correct dx? Ok to run? Workout? Thought these were on joints and small

Possible: There cases of subperiosta (basically along the bone)l ganglionic cysts of the tibia. This is quite large and you may want to consider a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon. Have you had any imaging of the lesion? ...Read more

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How is a ganglion cyst on the knee dianosed and treated?

How is a ganglion cyst on the knee dianosed and treated?

MRI: While you can palate a fluid filled bump near the joint line, the definitive technique is MRI. ultrasound would be OK too if you have a talented technician ...Read more

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I had a ganglion cyst behind my knee about the size of a golf ball, removed by surgery due to nerve pain. It is already back. Now what do I do?

Bakery's cyst: You are describing a bakers cyst which is similar to a ganglion, but not of the wrist. All ganglion have a certain rate of recurrence. If it is bothersome go back to your original surgeon and discuss options. ...Read more

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I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?

I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?

Meniscus cyst: The location you have mentioned is more likely to be a cyst of the meniscus. A ganglion cyst of the joint is possible but knee is a very uncommon location for it. ...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 is the usual procedure for getting rid of a dibilitating and painful synovial cyst in the knee joint? I can barely walk and the knee is popping.

What is the usual procedure for getting rid of a dibilitating and painful synovial cyst in the knee joint? I can barely walk and the knee is popping.

Ortho eval: Due to your severe pain and impaired mobility, it is important to see the orthopedic surgeon for further eval. If a synovial cyst is confirmed as the cause, the ortho can provide you with appropriate treatment whether it is aspirating the cyst or excision of the cyst. There are several other causes of knee pain so it's important to make the correct diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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And what will happen if I don't get the ACL and medial meniscus interposition synovial fluid/cysts and knee joint effusion fixed?

And what will happen if I don't get the ACL and medial meniscus interposition synovial fluid/cysts and knee joint effusion fixed?

Arthritis: First of all, it may cause ongoing loss of function and pain it will also lead to the earlier emergence of osteoarthritis with even more potential pain and loss of function. ...Read more

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Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Conservative Rx: Depends upon your primary complaint and whether there was a mechanism of injury. Chondromalacia (i.e.Cartilage wear=arthritis) is common and can cause swelling and pain. Collateral ligament strains/partial tears (mcl+lcl) should be managed well conservatively. Recommend seeing a pt for motion, strengthening, edema control. Am a fan of a stationary bike as well (nonimpact knee motion+strengthening). ...Read more

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I have a ganglion / cyst on my wrist joint but it has just popped under my skin is it anything to worry about?

Wrist mass: How do u know that it is a ganglion? If u have a wrist mass which is not painful, does not affect your wrist motion or function, is not progressively getting bigger, than u can just keep an eye on it. Otherwise get it checked ...Read more

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Is it possibe the severe pain in my hand could be from a degenerated joint condition, or could my ganglion cyst be growing inside and not so much out?

Not likely ganglion: Ganglion cysts do not usually produce severe pain unless they are pushing on nerves. It is likely from another cause. ...Read more

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I think I might have a ganglion cyst on the joint that connects my pinky to my hand. It feels like it is "popping" when moving it. Should I be worried?

I think I might have a ganglion cyst on the joint that connects my pinky to my hand. It feels like it is "popping" when moving it. Should I be worried?

If it pops when-: -U flex it and locks, & U feel the lump move with the tendon, it is most likely a trigger finger. Injections can help some people, but if it doesn't last surgery is the way to go. ...Read more

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The ganglion cyst on top of my foot has dissipated again. Now foot is swollen and and the joints are painful. Going on 6 days, and it's starting to radiate. Are these likely connected? Should I go to the podiatrist?

See the: Podiatrist good idea. They can be related. Gangling cysts often arise from tendon or joints. On the too of the foot near the first met cuneiform joint sometimes there is spurring of bone, this can pinch a nerve as well as allow ganglionic cyst to develop. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst on the top joint of my finger. Should I have a hand surgeon remove it?

I have a ganglion cyst on the top joint of my finger. Should I have a hand surgeon remove it?

Not necessarily: If doesn't bother you, then leave it alone. Ganglion cysts tend to recur after removal and they never turn into anything serious. ...Read more

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My knee joint is burning what does that mean?

My knee joint is burning what does that mean?

Could be a tear: Of one of the structures inside leading to inflammation or could be arthritis or even infection. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Can you get gout (sp?)in a replaced knee joint?

Can you get gout (sp?)in a replaced knee joint?

In general no: In general no but gout deposits of monosodium urate can be present in many locations, including around a joint in the tendons if not in the joint. Your physician can help clarify this or have you see a rheumatologist who can clarify the findings. The diagnosis of gout in a joint is made by demonstrating the presence of the monosodium urate crystals in the joint. ...Read more

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White strea over my knee joint? What could be just like are of depigmentation!?

White strea over my knee joint? What could be just like are of depigmentation!?

Vitiligo...: When skin loses it's coloring or pigment it is known as vitiligo. There are several causes of this condition. Sun damage, fungal infection and genetics are just a few. The treatment varies depending on the cause. Consulting with a dermatologist would be your best bet. ...Read more

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Had a pain on left knee joint while drivig nd riding its a pain inside knee joint?

Had a pain on left knee joint while drivig nd riding its a pain inside knee joint?

Knee pain: Consider synovitis, pfs, medial plica syndrome, medial meniscal tear, or loose body. Check exam with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

Ganglion (Definition)

Commonly associated with trauma or arthritis the joint capsule becomes stretched. As the body produces additional synovial fluid to lubricate the joint the loosened joint capsule stretches and fills with fluid...The gnaglion. As the body produces more or less the size of the ganglion will fluctuate. Best ...Read more


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Joints (Definition)

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