Sclerotherapy of Baker's cyst with imaging confirmation of resolution

Pain Physician. 2008 Mar-Apr;11(2):257-61.


Background: Baker's cysts are commonly encountered in pain management practices.

Objective: To ascertain if sclerotherapy treatment of a Baker's cyst could produce objectively verifiable MRI imaging changes.

Design: Case report.

Methods: A 52-year-old white male with a posterior horn of the medial meniscus tear and a large Baker's cyst who had failed conservative care and drainage was imaged before treatment with sclerosing. Three injections of 12.5% dextrose and anesthetic with sodium morrhuate were injected intraarticular into the right knee after drainage.

Results: The Baker's cyst resolved on both postoperative imaging after the completion of care as well as on physical examination.

Conclusions: Prolotherapy in this case study seemed to be an effective treatment for Baker's cyst in this patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Popliteal Cyst / pathology*
  • Popliteal Cyst / therapy*
  • Sclerotherapy / methods*