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A 33-year-old female asked:

Bone cyst in anterior cortex of distal femur. what does it mean? could this be causing constant pain in my knee? plus small joint effusion

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Dr. Padraic Obma
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Cyst can cause pain: A bone cyst in the distal femur is a common finding on x-ray of the knee. It is possible that the cyst can cause pain and a small effusion. The next step is to see a medical provider and have an MRI performed on the knee including the distal femur to evaluate the cyst and knee joint in more detail.

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Last updated Sep 9, 2019

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