Cyst, Baker

A Baker cyst, synonymous with a popliteal or synovial cyst, is an outpouching of fluid located at the back of the knee. Each of the three terms illustrates a different aspect of this condition or refers to its history. Dr. William M. Baker was one of the first physicians to describe this cystic structure. His publication on the formation of synovial cysts dates back to 1877. The term synovial cyst is used because the cystic structure often fills with synovial or joint fluid to produce its ...

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