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What Causes Fluid Behind The Knee
A number of things: When fluid accumulates in the spaces around the lungs (pleural spaces), this is called a pleural effusion. There are a number of causes for pleural effusions. One cause is heart failure. When the heart does not work well, its pumping action is decreased and fluid can back up into the lungs and the spaces around the lungs. Another cause might be inflammation of the lungs (as with pneumonia). ...Read more
Baker's cyst: Localized swelling behind the knee is typically a baker's cyst or popliteal cyst. These cysts can arise if there is fluid within the knee joint. To treat the baker's cyst, you need to identify the cause of the fluid in the knee first. An unusual cause of swelling behind the knee is a popliteal aneurysm - a potentially worrisome problem. Consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to start. ...Read more
Several: Fluid in the lungs could mean pulmonary edema (swelling of lung) which can be caused by heart failure (multiple causes of this), infection, mitral valve disease, kidney failure, inflammation. Fluid surrounding lungs (pleural effusion) trauma, infection, heart failure, cancer, kidney failure. There are more. It's best to talk with your doctor for specifics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Osgood schlaters: If you are are a teenager you may have painful tibial tuberodities as seen in osgood schlatters disease. This is seen in teen ager when the bone grows quicker than the blood supply causing islands of necrosis. This is a benign vondition helped by rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is osteoarthrofibrosis in the knee? What causes grinding and clicking in the knee? Can too much fluid be removed from the knee?
Wear and tear : Osteoarthritis is due to wearing out of the knee and it's support structures. Grinding and clicking are symptoms of this process. Sometimes joint effusions ("water on the knee") develops. Removing this fluid is not harmful, and frequently helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: The quick answer is there are many things that can cause swelling below the knee. The nice thing is that if you go to an experienced physician, most musculoskeletal problems can be relatively easily discerned, which of course would dictate treatment. Thus without specifics of where you are experiencing swelling, we will not be able to give you an appropriate answer. ...Read more
Irritation : This is the bodies way of trying (unsuccessfully 0 to deal with the irritation of one kind or another in the joint. ...Read more
Inflammation: Most fluid accumulates in the conjunctiva, the clear membrane in front of the white sclera. Inflammation from infection, trauma, allergy, or chemical exposure can cause this. True scleral edema (sweeling) is rare and found in severe scleritis. The swelling can result in retinal edema as well. ...Read more
Complex: I am a functional movement specialist. The causes of knee cap pain are complex and we review some in the YouTube video listed. The causes will often not show up in a class knee exam or imaging. A functional exam in addition to classical is recommended. You will see foot and ankle contribute. https://youtu.be/sVub-q5Wkqw ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many causes: If it is peripheral edema the causes include an underlying medical reason- hypothyroidism, venous stasis/insufficiency, heart disease, excess sodium intake, diabetes, or caused by medication. If it is arising from the ankle joints think arthritis. In either case, see your doctor to get at the cause of the swelling. ...Read more
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