Joints
Other nonneoplastic diseases
Cystic meniscus


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PubMed Search: Cystic meniscus

Vijay Shankar, M.D.
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Cite this page: Shankar V. Cystic meniscus. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/jointscysticmeniscus.html. Accessed July 13th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Lesion similar to ganglion but in menisci of knee
  • Either at lateral or medial joint margin (AJR Am J Roentgenol 2001;177:409)
  • Either confined to meniscus or extends beyond capsule
  • Almost always associated with meniscal tears; may be due to trauma
  • Cyst caused by simple extrusion of synovial fluid through meniscal tear
  • Usually pain and swelling
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Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Cyst lined by synovial epithelium with nonspecific inflammation and focal hemorrhage
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