P. KAHLER HENCH, M.D.; ROBERT T. REID, M.D.; PATRICK M. REAMES, M.D.
Patients who present with swelling, tenderness, and inflammation in the calf of the leg, associated with a positive Homan's sign, are usually considered to have a deep vein thrombophlebitis. However, in patients with arthritis involving the knee, these same signs may be manifestions of an acute or chronic dissection of a popliteal (Baker's) cyst into the muscles of the calf of the involved leg. Although it is possible for both conditions to exist concomitantly, we wish to emphasize in this report that in our experience and in that of other authors (1-4), the diagnosis of deep vein thrombophlebitis is often
HENCH PK, REID RT, REAMES PM. Dissecting Popliteal Cyst Simulating Thrombophlebitis. Ann Intern Med. ;64:1259–1264. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-64-6-1259
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(6):1259-1264.
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