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A 38-year-old member asked:

can a ganglion cyst come back?

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Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Exact cause of ganglions is not clear. Most common around the wrist, they can occur at any joint. These fluid filled cysts can come and go, by varying how much fluid they contain. Sometimes they rupture on there own. Even after surgery to remove them, they can come back. Recurrence rate after surgery is around 2-3%.
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: A ganglion cyst can spontaneously rupture, be successfully aspirated or even surgically removed and recur. The recurrence rate after surgery should be low if done in the or by a hand surgeon.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What can you do to make a dorsal ganglion cyst bigger?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Trauma or : Repetitive use or just time can make a ganglion expand. They also go down in size too. A ganglion is a fluid filled sac attar he'd to the joint or a tedon sheath so the fluid can go into or out of the ganglion from the joint or tendon sheath.
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Ganglion cyst: how often do they grow back?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Rarely: About 15% of the time a ganglion cyst can be recurrent. A lot depends on the incidence of infection and other factors (ie, drugs) that can influence primary healing.

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