The natural history of popliteal cysts in children: an ultrasound study


O'Connor, D., Clarke, N.M.P., Hegarty, S.E. and Fairhurst, J.J. (1998) The natural history of popliteal cysts in children: an ultrasound study. The Knee, 5, (4), 248-251. (doi:10.1016/S0968-0160(98)00004-0).

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The natural history of juvenile popliteal cysts is poorly defined. No previous study has used imaging to prove these cysts spontaneously resolve. Over 4 years, 14 children presented with popliteal swellings consistent with a popliteal cyst. A single ultrasound scan confirmed the diagnosis and measured the cyst dimension. No treatment was instituted. At a mean follow up of 28.6 months, repeat examination and ultrasound confirmed resolution of the popliteal cyst in seven cases. In six cases ultrasound confirmed the popliteal cysts remained at a mean follow up of 16.5 months. No cyst increased in size. True juvenile popliteal cysts can resolve spontaneously. This is accurately demonstrated with ultrasound imaging.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0968-0160 (print)
Keywords: juvenile, popliteal cyst, ultrasound
Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 190467
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2011 12:57
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:42
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/190467

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