Lipoma Arborescens or Arthritis - What is the problem?

40withKneePain Member Posts: 25
edited 27. Feb 2019, 12:51 in Chat to our Helpline Team
Hi all

I have been on such a journey and have a question. I have been disganosed with RA and have had knee pain/Effusion for a very long time. I have just had a recent MRI and the report states as a conclusion the following:

Moderate size joint effusion
Lipoma Arborescens
Severe Tricompartmental degeneratve changes with extenice full thickness
complete difiency of the medial and lateral and chronic ACL insufficiency
Small bakers cyst and small effusion in the popliteus

Can someone help explain ..i am not seeing any reference to Arthritis other than "degenerative"..

Should I be getting treatment for Arthritis or Loipoma Arborenscens?

Can anyone help?


  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,686
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm not a member of the Helpline team, just an ordinary forum members but, to me, this article means that lipoma arborescens can occur either as a result of arthritis or not. As I believe you have two forms of arthritis I'd guess one or other is the culprit.
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  • 40withKneePain
    40withKneePain Member Posts: 25
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for sharing...with my impatientness, I did read into this as well.

    Its defo Arthritis causing it.
  • mazmaple
    mazmaple Member Posts: 1
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, thanks for your message.

    Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can cause knee pain, and it’s possible to have more than one condition.

    Even though I can’t give individual medical advice, effusion means swelling due to abnormal amounts of fluid building up.

    Lipoma Arborescens is benign growth, and rare. Speak with your doctor about weighing up the risks and benefits of any clinical treatment, as it can involve going into the knee to remove synovial membranes in a joint already affected from RA or OA.

    The knee is made up of three compartments. Osteoarthritis falls within the group of degenerative or mechanical arthritis where the main problem is damage to the cartilage. And that reference to popliteal cyst is another name for a Baker's cyst.

    I hope this has helped a bit.

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  • 40withKneePain
    40withKneePain Member Posts: 25
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for your response and guidance.

    So I have had a second review of the MRO and it confirms LA.

    If it was only LA then the treatment of it would be different, arthroscopy only. As I have degenerative issues, I will have to go through the knee replacement and the removal of the LA which is causing the effusion and swelling in my knee.

    making good progress. If I didn't have an MRI, the orthopaedic consultants wouldn't have known about it

    Grateful for wanting details.