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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

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 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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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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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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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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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 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

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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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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" them. Generally harmless and necessitate being removed when they are bothersome (in essence, ...Read more