Acute febrile calf: Early diagnosis in the emergency department of one patient with ankylosing spondylitis with a ruptured baker's cyst

Ko Chiang Hsu, Hsiao Dung Liu, Kang Ming Lin, Shi Jye Chu, Tsung Yun Hou

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Abstract

Acute rupture of a Baker's cyst can cause sudden-onset swelling and pain in the affected calf, and may be confused with symptoms of deep vein thrombosis. We describe a case of a young man presenting with an acute febrile calf at our emergency department where multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) with coronal reformation was performed. A ruptured Baker's cyst was diagnosed. After admission, ankylosing spondylitis was diagnosed by advanced clinical and radiological examinations. It is important to ensure that patients afflicted with a ruptured Baker's cyst are diagnosed early, typically by the application of appropriate and useful clinical imaging modalities (e.g. MDCT) in the emergency department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Sciences
Volume28
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Popliteal Cyst
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Hospital Emergency Service
Early Diagnosis
Fever
Multidetector Computed Tomography
Venous Thrombosis
Rupture
Pain

Keywords

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Baker's cyst
  • Computed tomography
  • Deep vein thrombosis

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  • Medicine(all)

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Acute febrile calf : Early diagnosis in the emergency department of one patient with ankylosing spondylitis with a ruptured baker's cyst. / Hsu, Ko Chiang; Liu, Hsiao Dung; Lin, Kang Ming; Chu, Shi Jye; Hou, Tsung Yun.

In: Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 28, No. 5, 01.12.2008, p. 213-216.

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Hsu, Ko Chiang ; Liu, Hsiao Dung ; Lin, Kang Ming ; Chu, Shi Jye ; Hou, Tsung Yun. / Acute febrile calf : Early diagnosis in the emergency department of one patient with ankylosing spondylitis with a ruptured baker's cyst. In: Journal of Medical Sciences. 2008 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 213-216.
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