Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Baker's Cyst Underlying Cause

A Baker's cyst forms when the joint lining becomes weak and bulges at the back of the knee, like a bubble. The joint fluid leaks into the weakened lining, forming a cyst. The cyst grows in size as more and more fluid leaks into the space.

Injury or inflammation in the knee joint can lead to the formation of a Baker's cyst.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Baker's Cyst References
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  2. Van Rhijn LW, Jansen EJ, Pruijs HE. Long-term follow-up of conservatively treated popliteal cysts in children. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2000 Jan;9(1):62-4. [10647115]
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