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Dimple on the back of the knee. Causes?

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I have a dimple which is very noticeable in the back of the knee and it does not look cute. What could it be?
It is on the back of the left knee. Next to it is what looks like muscle that is raised.
Posted Tue, 1 May 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 33 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
A dimple on the back of knee with no other symptoms is usually due to a localized fibrous band or due to cellulite deposition in the area. Sudden fat loss with uneven contraction of skin can also cause such changes.
Most of the cases show improvement on massaging ground coffee beans on the area. If the dimples are persistent, then physical examination is needed to find out the cause.
I hope this gives you some guidance, but I would tell you at this point just to be patient and wait to see if it resolves on its own by just massaging.
I hope this answers your query effectively.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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