What is the focus of clinical history to evaluate cystic lesions of the knee?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: David M Gonzalez, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The workup of all cysts about the knee should start with a thorough history and physical examination. The history should include the following:

  • The patient's age and sex

  • The exact location of the cyst around the knee and the length of time it has been present

  • If pain is present, all of its characteristics

  • The activity level of the patient and any recent change in activity level

  • Any recent trauma to the knee

  • Any associated medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, infection, and neoplastic disease

  • Any prior surgery of the knee

  • Type of treatment undertaken to date

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