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Muscles, joints and bonesBakers Cyst

Bakers Cyst is a benign swelling behind the knee joint. It is an accumulation of joint fluid that forms behind the knee.  However, it is not a true cyst as the open communication between the synovial sac is maintained. The indications are:

• Rounded, tender swelling behind the knee about the size of a golf ball.

• Pain or pressure in the back of the knee joint, which can travel to the calf muscle.

• Aching or tenderness after exercise and bending the knee.

• Difficulties in bending the joint.

• If you turn all lights out and shine a torch through the lump you should see a red glow around the lump indicating that it is filled with fluid.

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