An Anteriorly Presenting ‘Wrap Around’ Popliteal Cyst

Document Type: CASE REPORT


1 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Cambridge University Hospital, Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge, United Kingdom

2 Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Research, North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, Australia


The article describes a case in which a popliteal cyst was identified presenting as a mass on the anterior aspect of the
right tibia. This occurred as a result of polyethylene wear debris from previous total knee arthroplasty. Although alternative
diagnoses for an anterior tibial mass are more likely, a popliteal cyst must be considered, particularly if the patient has a
history of total knee arthroplasty.


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