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Also known as a popliteal cyst, a Baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled lump behind the knee. The condition can form as a result of an injury, cartilage tear, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis. However, it is caused anytime a sac of tissue behind the knee is filled with joint fluid. In mild cases, a Baker’s cyst may not cause any pain or noticeable signs. Likewise, it can also disappear on its own. If the cyst grows too large, you might experience symptoms and need treatment.

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1. Symptom: Swelling

Swelling in the area of the cyst is common. If you notice an uncomfortable, swollen lump behind your leg you might have a Baker’s cyst. The swelling may even be in your leg, too. After standing for a long period of time, the symptom will get worse. See a doctor if you experience this particular symptom of a Baker’s cyst.

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