Transarticular arthroscopic excision of an elbow cyst

Published online: Aug 27 2005

Papni Arjandas KIRPALANI, Hye Kyung LEE, Yeon Soo LEE, Chang Whan HAN

From Daejeon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, the Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea


We present the case of a symptomatic anterior elbow cyst supposedly due to repeated (exertional) trauma. Instead of the usual open excision, arthroscopic excision was performed using a Wissinger rod through an additional anterolateral portal for distraction. Histopathology confirmed the lesion to be a ganglion. MRI 12 months postoperatively showed no recurrence.