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My son is 3. Behind his knee, aboit an inch down from his

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knee crease, it looks and...
My son is 3. Behind his knee, aboit an inch down from his knee crease, it looks and feels a little swollen or thick..only when his leg is straight and flexed. A relaxed leg doesn't show. There's no lump as i have massaged in and felt deep in there. It just feels and looks thick there like I said, when his leg is straight and flexed.
What could this be? Tight muscle kind of bulging?
If I try pulling the skin down, it kind of dimples right there.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Orthopedics
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Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago
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do you have a pic?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No. It's hard to see. It's easier to feel
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago
This is likely a baker's cyst.
It is a cyst from the joint capsule.
I recommend he have an ultrasound of this area from his pediatrician
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. Could this be cancer?
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

I doubt it

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
There's no feelable lump. It's just like a flexed leg, that feels a little soft bulge there. It's not too noticeable
Wouldn't a bakers cyst go away on it's own? Would a tumor be a real lump
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

No it would not go away on its own

A tumor would be hard most likely

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
This is quite scary. I was hoping this could just be muscle since it isn't feelable when his leg is relaxed
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

I think it is benign but it needs looked at for sure

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. I'm freaking out now of course
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

I think he is fine. Just please relax

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. A tumor would be a soft tissue mass that would be a palpable lump?
I used lotion and felt deep into his leg. It doesn't feel like anythjng but normal.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When his leg is stiff, like on his tippy toes, and I hold it tight on his calf, I can feel a little swelling kinda. No lump or palpable mass. It's just like a muscle feeling.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Relist: Inaccurate answer.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago
Like I said Michelle.
Likely a cyst.
I doubt cancer
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Wgat kind if cancer would a child have there behind his knee and above his calf??? And how does that typically present? Solid mass?
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

kids get things like osteosarcoma or sarcoma

However, these usually cause pain.

I think it is just a cyst

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. An osteosarcoma is very rare under 5, I read that in a few places. And a sarcoma looks like it would be a hard mass or at least a lump of tissue that I could feel.
It's so high up above his calf that it's hard to believe it could be a tumor since they would usually be on the long bones, correct?
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago
that is correct.
I don't think it is a tumor at all
it would be very unusual.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. Bakers cyst seems possible! I didn't know children got them
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

yes that is what I have been saying all along!

please don't forget a positive rating for me

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Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago
I notice your positive rating percentage is somewhat low
Do I need to answer further questions in order to earn a positive rating?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Sorry. I have been busy and missed this. I asked my nurse neighbor about my sons leg there. There isn't any swelling. It's just like a dimple at the upper calf right below the knee. Of you rub down over it. You feel the dimple but if you rub up toward the knee, you don't feel it. It isn't a lump underneath or bump. Just the dimple.
She said it's muscular.
So I guess I'll wait to bring him. He uses his right leg most.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

Yes, get it looked at for sure

but like I said, it is probably a cyst

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is a dimple a scary finding? You make me very nervous enforcing this to be looked at.
There is no lump
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
There is no swelling. It's just a tight muscle and the dimple if I pull the calf skin down. But if I pull it up, no dimple.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

No it is not scary per se

It is really impossible to say for sure without an ultrasound

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Wouldn't a lump be palpable?!?
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

yes, it would. most likely

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Could this just be a tight muscle?
I mean no swelling, no lump, and isn't noticeable unless I kinda pull down on his calf, when I do that there's a little dimple. When I pull the skin up towards the knee. Smooth. No dimple. It's most noticeable when he's on his tippy toes.
No pain! Just something I noticed
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

Yes, it could be but it has been going on a long time.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I don't know if it has. I just noticed it.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

bot***** *****ne is he needs an ultrasound. it has to be done

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
This is scaring me. I have anxiety and this just makes it worse. Nothing is ever just easy and nothing
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I ran to my uncle at Miami children's hospital. He is a pediatric cardiologist. His college examined my sons leg. He said it's a muscle variant.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

Still needs an ultrasound

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Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

Still needs an ultrasound

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'm sorry but I will trust this qualified pediatric doctor. I don't appreciate your doubt. At all.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
My discharge paperwork says "worried well".
As usual, I go online and make a mountain out of a mole hill.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

I don't know what to say. I have to give you the advice I believe us correct

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It's confusing that you would press more testing after a pediatrician examined him at MCH. An in person doctor.I asked about an ultrasound. I said what you said on here and he said no. I won't over test this. It's nothing. It's normal and it's swelling, lump, or protruding not causing pain. This is his leg. And sent me on my way.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

I feel better that a doctor looked at it but an ultrasound would be great

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
If there is a change. I would definitly ensure that happens. Pain, swelling, or any change. I don't believe this is cancer in my sons leg. I don't appreciate you're pushing me in that direction of fear.This doctor is a very througouhh Indian pediatrician. He would have referred me if even a question. I believe he knew how serious I was as I went in the emergency and called my uncle to get in a doctors face in 15 minutes. You are really raising doubt and fear that this is a cancer hiding.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

I'm telling you what I would recommend for my own patients.

I don't consider that pushing but you are entitled to your view

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. Are you concerned with the severity of this?Above you said this could be a bakers cyst. That it's dry unlikely to be anythjng sinister. I have severe health anxiety. I had a big loss recently. I honestly barely make it through a day without a panic attack. I went in today hoping for a good solid answer from a qualified pediatrician. And then I get this dark cloud following me around from you. With pushing for more testsIt's really sad. I use this site for 2nd opinion and generally they don't over ride a in person doctor.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

no

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Not that this matters to you because I know you want an ultrasound done
But when the doctor lightly lifts his skin on his leg. The dimple disappears and there is nothing palpable. He describes it to me like cellulite.
Orthopedist: DocPhilMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago

Ok. A pic would help

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