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Popliteal Pain Causes
No: Prednisone is not likely to cause a popliteal aneurysm. The cause is thought to be an inflammatory process. If you have a popliteal aneurysm >2cm, you should consider treatment to avoid it from clotting off. These do not rupture. More importantly, almost 50% of people with popliteal aneurysms have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ultrasound screening is recommended. ...Read more
Enlarging, firm popliteal lymph nodes behind right knee. No signs of infection. Any idea what the cause or seriousness could be?
Several causes: There can be several causes of enlarged popliteal lymph nodes. The commonest is infection in the distal part of the extremity like foot, ankle and leg. You say you do not have any infection. Other causes are lymphomas, leukemia and metastasis disease and that can only be diagnosed by doing an excision biopsy. You should check with your doctor what he/she feels need to be done to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
What causes the pain from popliteal fossa to gastrocnemius (leg muscle)? I am in pain at my right leg for days the pain is on n off
My doctor recently diagnosed me with a popliteal cyst. My condition worsened so I went back in and it had spread to my calf, over doubling in size. I had no injury to the leg, what could have caused this? I am 30
Might a popliteal aneurysm cause the upper leg to feel like it is pushing into the lower leg with general tightness in the knee and on the sides?
Possibly: Popliteal aneurysms are a dangerous condition, as most do not cause symptoms until something catastrophic occurs; typically clots form in the aneurysm & embolize to the lower leg. This leads to emergent surgery & many times even with surgery the leg will be lost to amputation. The best way to diagnose is with ultrasound. Larger ones can be appreciated on leg exam. Sometimes tightness occurs. ...Read more
Why is popliteal area of left leg larger than the other leg? Doppler for DVT, negative. Calf feels tight. Have little hernia on side of L leg. Causes?
Swelling: I would recommend orthopedic evaluation for possible popliteal cyst also known as bakers cyst ...Read more
Can popliteal artery entrapment syndrome cause swelling around the ankle region with a palpable bulge along the lateral aspect of the achilles tendon?
Varies: It varies somewhat on what structures are involved. Compressuon of the popliteal artery alone would usually cause primarily arterial inflow issues, but if the venous structures are involved, then venous outflow problems can cause swelling in the leg and foot. It is probably a lot more common, though, that you also have a condition in your foot/ ankle that is contributing. Be seen if concerned. ...Read more
Can sciatica or pinched nerve cause burning pain in the popliteal area and pain down calf? X-ray normal, ultrasound knee-groin for DVT normal
20 year-old woman with 2 painful left popliteal lumps, "inconclusive" x-ray and MRI, leading to difficulty standing or walking.....?
Excisional Biopsy: Since the X-rays and MRI are inconclusive, it would be prudent to have one of the lumps removed for pathological evaluation (excisional biopsy). It is likely a benign process, like an angiolipoma, a neurfoibroma, a neurilemoma or a Masson's tumor, but a pathological diagnosis is your best option at this time. Plus, removing the lump will likely make the pain resolve. Good luck. ...Read more
Discuss with MD: A popliteal angle of greater than 50 degrees in this age group may indicate abnormal hamstring tightness. Please discuss with your pediatrician or specialist. ...Read more
Annually: Once a year by ultrasound should be enough. You don't have to be concerned about treatment until it reaches a diameter of around 2cm. We don't worry about rupture. It is the formation of a blood clot and blockage of flow to the foot which is more likely to occur. These can be fixed surgically by replacing the short segment of artery or stenting. ...Read more
Possibly: The popliteal artery is the third most common location for a aneurysm. These frequently occur in both legs. Patients who have one aneurysm are more likely to develop others in the aorta and femoral (groin) and iliac arteries. These patients are followed closely for early detection. ...Read more
What could be wrong with a soccer player who kicks all the time but can only bring his popliteal angle to 150?
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Erstand your Question fully. I have never heard of "Popliteal angle", as to what it is??
Maybe rephrasing your question would it easily understandable. ...Read more
Depends upon size: Less then 1.8 CM the yes go an exercise. >1.8 CM have it fixed. ...Read more
Not good...see below: An aneurysm is an dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The weakened wall can rupture, and bleeding into the tissues around the knee occurs, causing tremendous pain and swelling. The blood outside the artery can then impinge on flow to the lower leg and foot, causing ischemia. In all, very bad, and one of the reasons to fix aneurysms electively. ...Read more
Benign Cyst: Swelling behind the knee is usually caused by a baker's or popliteal cyst. It is a fluid filled extension of the knee joint that pops out between the muscles and tendons in the back of the knee. If painful, they can be drained in the doctors office using ultrasound guidance. Rarely surgical removal is necessary. ...Read more
Not really: Large popliteal cysts are more prone to rupture than large one as are ones that are large and more acute (less likely for chronic large ones). If you feel more pain behind your knee or feel the pain progressing 'down your leg'see your ors... Other diagnoses should be 'ruled out ' before you assume it's a ruptured cyst. Best of luck. ...Read more
Do you know of surgeons in columbus oh who have performed bilateral popliteal entrapment surgeries?
Vascular as: Any vascular surgeon in the area.Get a more detailed answer ›
CONSTANT MILD PAIN IN THE POPLITEAL FOSSA ON THE MEDIAL SIDE FOR ABOUT ONE YEAR. PROBABLR DIAGNOSIS?
Chondromalacia: This is very common and easily treated. ...Read more
I found out I have a complex septated popliteal cyst without rupture that is 5cm. What is usually done with this kind of cyst?
Usually: No intervention needed unless symptomatic. If problems occur. Rest and elevate leg. If you continue to have issues see an orthopedic doctor for eval. May drain it to help with the pain. Possibly inject the area with Cortisone Only in severe cases does it need to be removed. ...Read more
Two possibilities...: It could be large enough that the person is aware of a pulsing sensation that keeps him awake. Alternatively, if the aneurysm is thrombosed (clotted), there could be compromised blood flow to the foot which causes pain at night because the leg is elevated (the blood flow is so limited that the person needs the benefit of gravity to get blood to the foot). ...Read more