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Offline dantetila

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Baker's Cyst and fluid buildup - unknown cause
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:05:24 PM »
Hi everyone,

As a quick summary, I am a 25 year old male with Refractory Celiac Disease, Addison's Disease and Hypopituitary Disease. I basically just have a bad immune system haha. I never have had any injuries to my knees and I do not do run or exercise my legs all that much. I'm not sure if it has any relevance but I have gone down from 175lbs to 125lbs in the last 2 years due to my Refractory Celiac Disease. I am currently on Prednisone for 6 months to put it in remission and to hopefully put the weight back on. I'm not sure if this weight loss can affect my joints, but I wanted to put it out there. Anyways, I recently noticed my left knee making a popping noise when I move it and it has began to get stiff/painful. Then a month ago I noticed a lump behind my knee. I had an ultrasound that came back showing the following (report below). Does anybody know why this would happen without any injuries or repetative exercise and also at a young age? If anybody has any experience with what U/S says, input is always appreciated. I'm in Canada, so I am waiting about 6 months before I can see a specialist, so I am curious as to what started all this. Thanks a lot.

Ultrasound of Left Knee
There is no tendon or ligament tear noted. There is 4.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 cm Baker's Cyst. There is a small amount of fluid in the intrapatellar bursa. There is also a 2.7 x 2.8 x 0.8 cm fluid collection between the Gracillis and Sartorius tendons. This fluid does not communicate with the joint space or with the Baker's Cyst.

Impression: No tendon or ligament tears. Baker's Cyst noted above. Second small fluid collection. Third collection as described above, possibly within a unknown bursa or a hematoma. Clinical correlation is recommended.

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Re: Baker's Cyst and fluid buildup - unknown cause
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 05:19:21 AM »
Hey dantetila,

A Baker's cyst usually forms due to cartilage damage. It might be possible (and this is just my theory) that even though you have had no injuries and are not an athlete, that your other health conditions could be causing this. If you could go private, and maybe see a doctor sooner, it would be better for you I think.. Also cartilage is something that stays healthy through movement, not by sitting still, though 25 years is pretty darn young to get a Baker's cyst.
Have had tilted kneecaps for many years, and occasional patellar tendinitis.