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My son has a soft lump behind his knee so we took him to his doctor. She said he had a Baker’s Cyst and said it was nothing to worry about. Can you give me more information about it?
    
Baker's cysts are benign and we agree with your doctor. They are formed when the fluid that lubricates the knee joint accumulates between the knee’s muscle groups. No one is exactly sure why this happens, but it probably begins following a minor injury to the back of the knee. When you touch the cyst, it will feel like a water filled balloon. There is an excellent chance that the cyst will go away on its own in time. If it becomes painful or unsightly, consider returning to your pediatrician for referral to a specialist. If surgery has to be done to remove the Baker’s cyst, it is done as an outpatient and your youngster will return home the same day. However, surgery to remove the cyst is rarely needed.

For other causes of knee pain in children, see our article Knee Pain Can Plague Fragile Bones in Children.

 

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