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Popliteal Cysts: Historical Background and Current Knowledge.
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PMID:  10795047     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Popliteal cysts were first described in 1840 by Adams, but it is from Baker's writing in 1877 that we derive the commonly used eponymic term "Baker's cyst." Associated intra-articular lesions are very common with popliteal cysts. Ultra-sonography, arthrography, and magnetic resonance imaging have all proved useful in distinguishing popliteal cysts from other cysts and from soft-tissue tumors about the knee, as well as in identifying coexisting intra-articular lesions. Cysts in pediatric patients are generally self-limited and should be treated conservatively. In the adult population, treatment is primarily nonsurgical. Arthroscopic evaluation is indicated if an intra-articular lesion is causing mechanical symptoms or if there is no response to appropriate conservative treatment, such as use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and compression sleeves. Surgical excision is reserved for cases in which this approach has been unsuccessful.
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1067-151X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Orthop Surg     Publication Date:  1996 May 
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Created Date:  2000-05-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9417468     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Orthop Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  129-133     Citation Subset:  -    
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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.
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