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whats difference between ganglion cyst and neuroma how are they treated if not causing a problem

A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Different: A neuroma is a tumor made of nerve and scar tissue. A ganglion cyst is an exvagination of a joint capsule, usually the dorsal joint capsule of the wr ... Read More
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Dr. Todd Sisto
37 years experience Breast Surgery
Ganglion is a joint : Fluid- filled cavity that are often painless or mildly tender+or- unsightly & easily seen thru skin. Neuroma is an exquisitely tender bulbous zone in ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
Very different: One is a gelatinous filled cyst, the other an inflammed nerve. If no pain can leave both alone.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Not the same: A ganglion cyst is formed from a rupture of a synovial capsule. A neuroma is formed from injury to nervous tissue.
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
22 years experience Hand Surgery
Fluid filled v Solid: Ganglion cysts are benign masses arising from the wrist, usually from joint. They are common in the hand. Neuroma is a growth or tumor arising from ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aron Kressel
36 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: A ganglion does not need to b removed unless it is symptomatic.. If you can not wear a watch then I would suggest removal. Removal should not cause d ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
34 years experience Pain Management
Benign mass vs nerve: A ganglion cyst is a benign mass or lump that frequently occurs at the wrist. It can be uncomfortable and unsightly but is not harmful. Carpal tunnel ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nerve: A nerve is a structure that carries impulses of sensation and motor function. A ganglion cyst is completely different-- it is like a bubble, swelling, ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Joe
Dr. Keith Joe answered
19 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Completely different: Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon (tendon is a fibrous structure that attaches a muscle to the bone). Ganglion cyst is a fluid filled sac that ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
50 years experience Internal Medicine
Similar & different: Ganglion cysts are swellings that often appear on jonts or tendons of the hands or feet. The fluid in ganglion cysts are thicker than in synovial cyst ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
A bunion is a boney: Prominence due to the positon of the joint near it and bone buildup, while a ganglion is a fluid filled sac known as a cyst that originates in a joi ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
Reduce scar: Very often when removing a ganglion the incision that is used to open the tendon sheath becomes scared. The best approach in early post op period is ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suheil Khuri
Specializes in Hand Surgery
Not ususally: When a ganglion is removed from the wrist, if the wrist is not moved for a long time then it becomes stiff and as you start to move it the small scar ... Read More

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