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Foot Ankle Int. 2003 Jun;24(6):490-3.

Treatment of mucous cysts of the toes.

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  • 1Brisbane Foot and Ankle Centre, Level Nine, Arnold Janssen Centre, 259 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia.


The outcome of surgically treated mucous cysts of the foot is poorly documented in the orthopaedic literature. This study reports on the treatment of mucous cysts of the toes by simple excision and joint debridement. This is in contrast to treatment of similar lesions in the fingers which is often treated by excision of the cyst, joint debridement, and rotational flap. Following this procedure on 15 patients (15 cysts), at a minimum of 2 years postoperatively, only one cyst had recurred at 9 months. All patients were satisfied by the cosmetic appearance of their toe. The authors reviewed the available literature on this condition and suggest that this method of treatment provides good functional and cosmetic results with a minimal rate of recurrence.

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