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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes possible causes of knee pain in a child. Local causes are defined as occurring between the distal one-third of the thigh and proximal one-third of the lower leg in a child. Remote causes are defined as occurring outside this region.

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Special Concerns

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  • Sudden onset of knee pain in the absence of trauma

  • Knee pain associated with fever, flu-like symptoms, skin changes in appearance and temperature

  • Knee pain that is worse at night, unrelenting pain, pain associated with night sweats, rapid unexplained weight changes

  • Pain that persists for several weeks with no known mechanical etiology

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Knee Pain in a Child

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