Cisti poplitee: Valutazione ecografica del trattamento artroscopico

Translated title of the contribution: Popliteal cysts: Sonography evaluation after arthroscopic treatment

Giuseppe Balconi, Valerio Sansone, Alessandro De Ponti

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Purpose. To identify a set of sonomorphological parameters to evaluate the outcome of arthroscopic surgery for popliteal cysts by sonography. Material and methods. We examined 30 patients (18 males, 12 females) before treatment and 3/6 months after arthroscopy. Patients were classified by clinical (4 groups) and sonographic criteria. The sonographic criteria were the morphological classification of the cysts (beak-shaped, X-shaped, grape-like, slit-shaped) and the volume measurement. Results. Sonography identified "beak-shaped" popliteal cysts (the most frequent Baker cyst shape), 5 "grape-like" (the usual shape of complicated Baker cysts) and 1 "X-shaped". The volume of cysts before treatment ranged from 5 to 38 cl. Most cysts were clinically rated as grade 2 (symptomatic and evident at physical examination, with a reduction of range of motion up to 20° of flexion). No patient was rated as grade 0 (normal). After surgery the cyst was still evident at sonography. After 3 months we recorred a cyst volume decrease in all cases. Six months after surgery 29/30 cysts had a volume

Translated title of the contributionPopliteal cysts: Sonography evaluation after arthroscopic treatment
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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