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What causes swelling on the back of knee in popliteal fossa?

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: I have a sore swelling about the size of a golf ball just above my knee on the inside of my thigh, I'm being treated for stenosis of my 3rd lumbar vertebrae. Could that be the cause of the swelling?
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The two are not connected.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your details.

The swelling on the back of knee in popliteal fossa is not related to the stenosis of third lumbar vertebra.

MRI or ultrasound examination of the knee can help in confirming the diagnosis. Common conditions to exclude would be a Baker's cyst and an evolving abscess.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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What causes swelling on the back of knee in popliteal fossa?

Brief Answer: The two are not connected. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your details. The swelling on the back of knee in popliteal fossa is not related to the stenosis of third lumbar vertebra. MRI or ultrasound examination of the knee can help in confirming the diagnosis. Common conditions to exclude would be a Baker's cyst and an evolving abscess. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in