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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 Knee, 5, (4), pp. 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.

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Published date: October 1998
Keywords: juvenile, popliteal cyst, ultrasound


Local EPrints ID: 190467
ISSN: 0968-0160
PURE UUID: f8af360a-779e-4009-8dd4-90dbc14273e9

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:38

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Author: D. O'Connor
Author: N.M.P. Clarke
Author: S.E. Hegarty
Author: J.J. Fairhurst

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