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Hip pain attributable to a ganglion of the psoas tendon: a common cyst in an uncommon region—the first case reported in a child
  1. Sandeep Gokhale1,
  2. Peter Mullaney2,
  3. Phillip Thomas3 and
  4. Eleanor C Carpenter3
  1. 1Trauma and Orthopaedics, University hospital of Wales healthcare NHS trust, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2Radiology, University hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  3. 3Trauma and Orthopaedics, University hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sandeep Gokhale; drsandeepgokhale{at}


Ganglion cysts of the psoas tendon are uncommon and rarely reported in the literature. Often they remain asymptomatic and are found incidentally or can be a cause of atypical groin/hip pain. We present a rare case of ganglion cyst in a child arising from the psoas tendon, causing symptomatic hip pain, which failed non-surgical treatment and eventually successfully treated with surgical excision.

  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics
  • groin pain
  • tendonopathies
  • physiotherapy (sports medicine)

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  • Contributors SG contributed in research and drafting the article. PM contributed in diagnostics and research. PT and ECC were the surgeons who treated the patient.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.