Swollen Knee: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 11/6/2015

A swollen knee is a common result of trauma or injury to the knee, such as sports-related injuries or automobile accidents. Falls and overuse injuries are another common cause of knee injury.

Early symptoms that accompany the swelling can include

The arthritis conditions are other common causes of knee damage that can lead to a swollen knee. Swelling in the knee area can result due to damage or disease of any of the structures of the knee area and knee joint, including bones, tendons, ligaments, menisci, muscles, skin, bursae, or blood vessels.


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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