The popliteal cyst

  • Daniel FritschyEmail author
  • Jean Fasel
  • Jean-Claude Imbert
  • Stefano Bianchi
  • René Verdonk
  • Carl Joachim Wirth


A popliteal cyst, originally called Baker’s cyst, is a synovial fluid-filled mass located in the popliteal fossa. The most common synovial popliteal cyst is considered to be a distension of the bursa located beneath the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle. Usually, in an adult patient, an underlying intra-articular disorder is present. In children, the cyst can be isolated and the knee joint normal. The anatomy, etiopathogenesis, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, imaging and treatment modalities of the popliteal cyst are presented. The authors try to answer some questions dealing with this condition. Is the cyst isolated, can it be treated as such, is its origin always well-defined and does surgical excision provide a permanent cure?


Popliteal cyst Baker’s cyst Synovial cyst Knee pathology Swelling of the knee 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Fritschy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean Fasel
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Imbert
    • 3
  • Stefano Bianchi
    • 4
  • René Verdonk
    • 5
  • Carl Joachim Wirth
    • 6
  1. 1.Département de ChirurgieHôpitaux Universitaires de GenèveGeneva 14Switzerland
  2. 2.Division d’AnatomieCentre Médical Universitaire de GenèveGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Clinique DigonnièreSaint-EtienneFrance
  4. 4.Département de RadiologieHôpitaux Universitaires de GenèveGenevaSwitzerland
  5. 5.Kliniek voor OrthopedieUZ GentBelgium
  6. 6.Orthopädische KlinikMedizinische Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany

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