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Ecchymosis: A Photo Essay: Page 8 of 8

Ecchymosis: A Photo Essay: Page 8 of 8

This patient, who had a history of arthritis, reported that she had previously had a small lump behind her knee. The small area of ecchymosis on her heel suggests that blood has tracked down her leg. Given the factors in the history that cast doubt on the diagnosis of DVT, a tentative diagnosis of ruptured synovial cyst was made.

Ruptured synovial cyst
Courtesy of William F. Keenan, MD.

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