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October 1974

Dissection or Rupture of a Popliteal Cyst: A Syndrome Mimicking Thrombophlebitis in Rheumatic Diseases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Workman is now at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, and Dr. Barth is at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(4):694-698. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320220096012

Patients with articular disease may have presumptive signs and symptoms of thrombophlebitis caused by dissection or rupture of a popliteal cyst. Ten patients had inflammatory or infectious arthritis and this syndrome. Joint scanning, after intra-articular injection of iodinated I 131 serum albumin, provided a simple, definitive, and innocuous technique for establishing the diagnosis.

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