BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2012.5591
  • Unexpected outcome (positive or negative) including adverse drug reactions

Falling up the stairs: the equivalent of ‘bashing it with a bible’ for an ACL ganglion cyst of the knee

  1. James Robinson2
  1. 1Plastics/Ortho Department, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Peter Jonathan Dacombe, peter.dacombe{at}


Intra-articular anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) cysts are rare, the pathogenesis remains unknown, with trauma often implicated. Often asymptomatic, incidental MRI findings, 11% produce symptoms such as pain, locking or instability. Treatment of intra-articular ganglia differs from the traditional ‘bash it with a bible’ mantra for ganglia elsewhere with surgical debridement generally indicated for symptomatic cases. This case report describes a 43-year-old male car mechanic who presented with a symptomatic ACL cyst diagnosed on MRI. While waiting for surgery the patient fell up his stairs at home, causing forced hyperflexion of his knee. After an initial sharp pain, within 24 h the patient experienced complete resolution of symptoms. Postfall MRI showed no evidence of the initial lesion, leading to our conclusion that for this patient, a fall up the stairs was the equivalent of ‘bashing it with a bible’ for an ACL ganglion cyst of the knee.


  • Competing interests None.

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