The Baker's Cyst Removal

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Garcia, Amber
Baker’s Cyst Removal
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Mr. Kennedy

Baker’s Cyst Removal
The man who first discovered the baker’s cyst in the mid 1800’s was a british man named Dr. William Morant Baker. A baker’s cyst also known as a popliteal cyst is located in the middle of the semimembranosus tendon and medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle (Snir, 2013). Sometimes the Baker’s cyst can be mistaken for a blood clot because it presents the same symptoms. A magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) can determine if the patient indeed has a cyst on the back of their leg. Other tests may be done to make sure that the cyst is not a malignant or benign tumor before the surgeon tries to excise it. A baker’s cyst is formed when a patient has damage, arthritis, or a meniscus tear in their knee. Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis are generally the main cause of a formation of a baker’s cyst (Houston Methodist, 2015). Although any kind of knee injury could eventually lead to a painful baker’s cyst. Too much exercise can also hinder the healing of the cyst. Wright (2015) stated that, “A Baker 's cyst most commonly occurs in children aged 4 to 7 years and in adults aged 35 to 70 years,” as you can see that is a very large age gap. The cyst behind a child’s knee rarely ever affects them and goes away in time, but for an adult it is harder to get rid of because the cyst is from a current knee joint problem.
Most cases where it is not serious the cyst is usually aspirated of fluid. If the

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