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Can ganglion cysts go away on their own?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Maybe: They may diminish in size on their own. Excision is not necessary. Aspiration of the cyst with a needle is a simple way to treat it.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Synovial fluid fills: Ganglion cysts. These are fluid filled sacs and synovial fluid is what lubricates the joint, fluid enters the cyst through a tiny attachment from the joint and makes the cyst large . This is why activity or force seemingly makes the ganglion larger as more pressure in the joint leaks into the cyst. Typically it's a like one way valve into the cyst but they can drain back so they go up and down.

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