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What is a ganglion cyst?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Inflamed tendon: Tendons run in sheaths, similar to the cables on a bicycle. Sometimes a minor trauma can cause the sheath to become inflamed and a small cyst can pop up. This is called a ganglion cyst. They are usually painless and sometimes go away on their own. If it isn't bothering you then you likely don't need to do anything with it. If it is bothering you, see your doc about removing it.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Rupture: A ganglion cyst is a contained rupture of the synovial capsule between the small bones of the wrist or ankle. The body will try to isolate the thick, jelly-like fluid and it gets contained in a cyst-like capsule.
Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice 35 years experience
Cysts from a joint: There are not many problems associated with the wrists short of bony abnormalities. One common problem that can occur at the level of the wrists or coming from any joint is called a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are not usually associated with much pain or discomfort until they become large. They extends from the joint space. It's, like blowing up a tiny balloon from between your knuckles. These often bust when a person bumps them. They will reoccur unless they are surgically tied off. I suggest you see an orthopedic surgeon to further assess and evaluate.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What should I do to hide a ganglion cyst?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Hide?: You could have your doctor aspirate it with a needle and then inject steroid into it. You could also have it excised.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can I exercise with a ganglion cyst?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Depending on where the cyst is, you may have some pain or discomfort but it won't keep you from exercising. If you are in doubt, ask your pcp or orthopedist (hand surgeon). Usually found in the wrist. Can occur elsewhere.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What exactly is a ganglion cyst?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Synovial cyst: Rupture of the synovium which is the cushion between the small bones of the wrist. The fluid that leaks out is then contained by the body and forms a cyst connected to the defect.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How to treat a ganglion cyst?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: You should let your doctor know you are having pain. He/she can examine you and possibly run tests to find out the cause.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I have a ganglion cyst and it is irritating. What should I do?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Splint, nsaid: Evaluaiton, xray, injection, drainage are par of a workup. Many cysts do not hurt so an xray of the joint may give information about this. A previous fracture, arthritis, inflammation, an old ligament injury, rheumaoid arthritis, all are associatred with ganglions or tenosynoival sacs of fluid. See a hand surgeon since it is irritating.

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