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Severe pain in back of leg with swelling. Diagnosed has small bleed inside leg. Cause for pain?

hi i get a pain running down my leg from my hip to the back of my leg just below my knee on a regular basis, in november i got a severe pain in the back of my leg it bruised and swelled i attended a&e and they told me i had a small bleed on the inside of my leg. what do you think this was and what would have caused it?
Asked On : Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Welcome to Healthcaremagic,
From your Query, i suspect that you may have either backers's cyst or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Baker cyst is not an uncommon cyst.
It is common in a patients with arthritis or tear in cartilage.
In both these condition, excess joint fluid is produced and bulges into the back of the knee.
Sometimes, this can protrude down to leg between muscles of calf.
This can rupture and cause bruise and swelling in the leg.

Pain may be due to arthritis.
If it is a baker cyst, just aspiration and pain killer is enough.

Bruise with swelling can be due to Deep vein thrombosis.

To diffrentiate these, you have to do some investigations
1. Ultrasound knee
2. MRI knee
3. Doppler study of lower limbs.

Hope this helps.
If any doubt, please reply.
Take care.

Answered: Sat, 3 Aug 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Anuj Dan's  Response
Thank you for posting your question here, I will try to answer it to the best of my abilities.

Well the most obvious cause would be a trauma, something hit you on your leg or you ran into something. Essentially any kind of incident that could have caused you physical harm.
There are several other reasons that could've caused it, but they seem to be pretty unlikely in your case for example a bleeding disorder.

I hope this helped.
Answered: Sat, 3 Aug 2013
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