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Re: Bakers Cyst , Hemangioma ?

Posted by wes todd on March 06, 1999 at 21:10:14:

Dear Walt,

My wife has also been diagnosed with "Bakers cyst" behind her right knee. Hers is not debilitating. She can walk around, but, can't go out walking or exercising. It is like a puffy bunch of liquid behind her knee.

Using your description of it as a "hemangioma" this implies it is a cluster of blood vessels, rather like a bunch of varicose veins, (which my wife also has).

We have had no tests done. Her internist just said, "Oh that, its only a Bakers cyst. Just bandage it up with an Ace bandage. This doesn't seem to help. The other night she bandaged it and left it overnight. The next mording her entire ankle was swollen and puffy. So, she started worrying that it was a blood clot.

How as your wife's cyst diagnosed?
Have you gone to a surgeon?
Any other therapy that helps?

It's nice to know you have gone this route before us.
thanks for any insight you can give.

wes todd

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Re: Bakers Cyst , Hemangioma ? (TERRIBLE!)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 07, 1999 at 10:27:42:

In Reply to: Re: Bakers Cyst , Hemangioma ? posted by wes todd on March 06, 1999 at 21:10:14:

Dear Wes,

NO ONE with a problem with varicosities should EVER use an ace bandage to the knee without also wrapping the entire leg distal to the knee. What kind of doc would recommend something like that? It is the best way I know of to cause a clot and when the bandage is released, this is the best way to create a "moving" clot.

By the way, pressure on a Baker's Cyst almost always causes MORE symptoms rather than less (SIGH!).


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