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Will smashing my ganglionic cyst with a book work? somebody told me to smash it with a bible.

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
No!: And it might break your wrist. See a doctor!
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Possibly: That is why ganglion cysts are called "bible cysts". It will hurt just to let you know. Depends on the size of the bible and not the version or old vs new testament.
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Dr. Mark Kuhnke commented
General Surgery 40 years experience
The reason the Bible is recommended is that years ago, the Bible was the largest book a family owned. I wouldn't recommend it
Aug 29, 2013
Dr. Patrick Schaner
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
It might,don't do it: This is an old treatment, and the bible was typically used because it was the biggest book in the house. I typically treat dorsal ganglions or those on top of your hand with aspiration and steroid injection and those on the ventral surface or underside with surgical excision.

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