Baker's Cyst (Popliteal Cyst)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
- Baker's cyst facts
- What is a Baker's cyst?
- What causes a Baker's cyst?
- What are risk factors for a Baker's cyst?
- What are symptoms and signs of a Baker's cyst?
- What types of doctors treat a Baker's cyst?
- What tests do doctors use to diagnose a Baker's cyst?
- What is the treatment for a Baker's cyst?
- What is the recovery time after treatment of a Baker's cyst?
- Are there home remedies for a Baker's cyst?
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Baker's cyst facts
- A Baker's cyst is swelling caused by fluid from the knee joint protruding to the back of the knee.
- Baker's cysts are common and can be caused by virtually any cause of joint swelling (arthritis).
- A Baker's cyst may not cause symptoms or be associated with knee pain and/or tightness behind the knee, especially when the knee is extended or fully flexed.
- Baker's cysts can rupture and become complicated by spread of fluid down the leg between the muscles of the calf (dissection).
- Baker's cysts can be treated with medications, joint aspiration and cortisone injection, and surgical operation, usually arthroscopic surgery.
What is a Baker's cyst?
A Baker's cyst is swelling caused by fluid from the knee joint protruding to the back of the knee. The back of the knee is also referred to as the popliteal area of the knee. A Baker's cyst is sometimes referred to as a popliteal cyst. When an excess of knee joint fluid is compressed by the body weight between the bones of the knee joint, it can become trapped and separate from the joint to form the fluid-filled sac of a Baker's cyst. The name of the cyst is in memory of the physician who originally described the condition, the British surgeon William Morrant Baker (1839-1896).
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