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Bakers Cyst and Valley Fever

Posted by
Kurt on October 18, 2001 at 14:23:03:

My very knowledgable orthopedic surgeon recommended a synovectomy (removal of the knee lining) to remediate the bakers cyst that had formed behind my left knee. He was more concerned as to what caused the Bakers Cyst to form. He mentioned arthritis, synovitus (infection of the knee lining), gout, a scarred meniscus, and valley fever as possible causes. An MRI revealed a golf-ball sized tumor in my left knee. A biopsy was performed on the tumor that was removed from my knee during surgery. The biopsy revealed that I had contracted coccidioidomycosis (valley fever). Valley fever is primarily a disease of the lungs caused by inhaling fungal spores that are very common in the desert southwest (where I live). Most cases of valley fever are very mild requiring no medical attention. About 2% of the patients with valley fever develop a secondary (disseminated) infection usually showing up in the skin, bones, or joints (in my case, the knee which caused the bakers cyst to form).

The fact that my doc is familiar with valley fever is significant. People that visit the desert southwest from other areas of the country may contract valley fever and not be aware of it. Their physicians at home may not be familiar with the disease, and may not properly diagnose a secondary infection such as I had.

Two months post-op, my bakers cyst is gone (hopefully for good) and I have full range of motion and no pain. I am taking itraconazole, an anti-fungal medication to get rid of the remaining coccidioidomycosis in my system and to control it from recurring.



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