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Fluid-filled sacs that develop behind the knee are called popliteal cysts . They can be hard to get rid of and come back repeatedly after treatment. They often have thick, twisted roots that go deep. Two doctors from South Korea report on the use of arthroscopy to remove large popliteal cysts. The study included 14 patients with cysts that caused loss of knee motion, pain, and pressure on the nerves. These patients were compared to a control group of eight patients with the same condition who had open surgery instead of arthroscopy. In arthroscopic cyst removal, the doctor inserts a long, slender tool into the fluid-filled sac. A tiny TV camera on the end gives the doctor a good view inside. Fluid is removed from the cyst. Using a small, motorized shaver, the cyst is then shaved away. Doctors are careful to keep the shaver pointed away from nerves and blood vessels. During the operation any flaps, thick bands, or other fibrous membranes are removed. Surgeons check the knee joint for other...
In 1988, I developed a lump in my right breast. I was in my mid twenties and while I pointed it out to my doctors -- no one was alarmed. Finally in 1991, I started to have some pain associated and I decided to take it more seriously and sought the consultation of a breast surgeon. At my behest, he took the lump out and the biopsy read "dense fibrous tissue". Many people have fiber cystic tissue, but the lumps in my breasts were different shapes, hard and many. Size would change depending on stress, menstrual cycle and caffeine consumption and sometimes they felt tender, but most of the time I didn't feel them! In the following years, my gynecologists referred me to breast oncologists for my check ups, because the lumps are too many and the tissue is so unclear, they did not want the liability. I started having mammograms when I was 34, and the comment was my “mammograms look like a snow storm!” I started to ask &q...
Epidermal cyst; Keratin cyst; Epidermoid cyst
Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009.
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