We present the case of a 56-year old gentleman who presented with recalcitrant iliotibial band (ITB) friction syndrome which did not improve with various modalities of conservative treatment. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the affected knee did not show pathology typical of ITB friction syndrome. However, open exploration revealed a synovial cyst deep to the iliotibial band, abutting against the anterolateral capsule. The presence of distinctive clinical signs on physical examination should alert clinicians to consider knee synovial cyst as a differential diagnosis when dealing with recalcitrant ITB syndrome.
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