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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