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What is a Baker's cyst?
A Baker's cyst, also called popliteal cyst, is an abnormal swelling at the back of the knee due to a build-up of synovial fluid within a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction at a joint.
How are Baker's cysts diagnosed?
Baker's cysts are diagnosed by: a physical examination and clinical history - your doctor will examine your knee and ask questions about your medical history; transillumination - the doctor will shine a light through the cyst to determine if it is …
How are Baker's cysts treated?
A Baker's cyst does not always require treatment. In particular, it is not usually recommended for children as the condition often goes away without treatment. Treatments can include: physiotherapy - icepacks, crutches and special exercises to maintain and …
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Baker’s cyst