Which physical findings are characteristic of cystic lesions of the knee?

Updated: Dec 29, 2018
  • Author: David M Gonzalez, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Physical examination should include the following:

  • Careful assessment for ligament or meniscal injury

  • Comparison between the appearance of the affected knee and that of the unaffected side, as well as range of motion

  • Direct palpation of the cyst to determine its relation to anatomic landmarks, its size, and its consistency

  • Results of stability testing of all ligaments and meniscus-specific signs

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