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A 46-year-old female asked:

my dad has sudden acute chronic pain from his right hip pelvis and kneecap and swelling in his right calf and severe difficulty weight bearing?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Hip to calf pain: Check with er or othopedic surgeon for doppler, xray, and exam to check for clots, fracture, or sciatica.
Dr. Douglas Mund
Rheumatology 46 years experience
Many possibilities: With the swelling in the calf i would most be concerned about a blood clot as the most serious problem another possibility in s arthritis in the hip and knee with knee swelling this could then cause swelling in the calf. Needs urgent attention as blood clot can be quite serious and problematic.
Dr. Stanley Alexander
Rheumatology 62 years experience
May be more than one thing. But consider the swollen calf to be from a cyst behind the knee (Baker's cyst). This can dissect into the calf and look like a blood clot. If due to a dissecting Baker's cyst, we refer to this as pseudo-phlebitis. Can confirm by ultrasound (which would also rule out phlebitis/blood clot). Treatment is to aspirate and inject the knee with a cortisone preparation.
Nov 17, 2013

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