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What are the symptoms of a Baker's cyst?

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You may not have any. If you do, they might include swelling behind your knee and maybe in your leg, knee pain, and stiffness.

Sometimes, the cysts break open, or rupture. This can cause pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of your knee and calf. The pain might get worse when you fully extend your knee or when you’re active.

Baker’s cysts are more common in women than in men. That’s because women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They also tend to affect people over 40, but anyone can get them -- including children.

From: Baker’s Cyst (Popliteal Cyst) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Baker’s Cyst.”

John Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Baker’s Cysts and Fullness in the Back of the Knee.”

Gov.UK: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Harvard Medical School: “Ask the Doctor: How Do You Treat a Baker’s Cyst?”

Orthopedics : “Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Baker’s Cyst.”

John Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Baker’s Cysts and Fullness in the Back of the Knee.”

Gov.UK: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Harvard Medical School: “Ask the Doctor: How Do You Treat a Baker’s Cyst?”

Orthopedics : “Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Baker’s Cyst.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 08, 2019

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