What ae the contraindications to the excision of knee cysts?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: David M Gonzalez, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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There are no contraindications to the excision of knee cysts; however, a complete diagnostic workup must be performed prior to excision. Thorough knowledge of the behavior and etiology of the cyst should be understood. For example, popliteal cysts in the adult usually resolve after addressing their cause, such as meniscal pathology (eg, arthroscopic resection of a meniscal tear). Surgical excision of a popliteal cyst is rarely performed.

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