A 26-year-old male asked:
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what can happen when a ganglion cyst pops?

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Dr. Diane Minich
37 years experience Family Medicine
The fluid: Drains and it shrinks. Just keep area clean.
Answered on Jun 4, 2019
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
Pain, may resolve: You may have some mild pain, and the cyst may simply resolve. For example, ganglionic cysts in the wrist for example, used to be called bible cysts, as people would use a large book, like a bible to "hit them and rupture them." this of course is not recommended to do nowadays. Best wishes.
Answered on Feb 12, 2020
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Dr. James Burns
37 years experience Emergency Medicine
Nothing: Particularly serious. Many are without symptoms and regress over time. Some are painful but still regress over time. Aspiration of painful ganglion cysts provides some temporary relief, but usually will recur. Even surgical excision doesn't guarantee they won't recur.
Answered on Feb 12, 2020
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