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A 42-year-old member asked:

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.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 39 years experience
< 5% with surgery: Ganglion cysts are managed by being left alone or hit with a heavy book like a bible - high recurremce rate. If treated by aspiration and steroid injection - i tell my patients two thirds will come back. Lastly if treated by surgical excision - the recurrence rate should be less than 5%.

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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%.

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