How are Baker cysts treated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Ruptured Baker cysts are often confused with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Baker cysts often occur fairly early in the course of the disease, with pain, edema, and inflammation in the posterior knee and calf. The diagnosis is best made with ultrasonography. Treatment includes rest, elevation, needle puncture of the calf, knee joint aspiration, and referral.


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