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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Ganglion Cyst (Overview)

A benign growth that is typically filled with a thick, clear fluid and often arise from a joint capsule. The most common places they arise include the wrist and the foot.


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How does a ganglion cyst differ from a synovial cyst?

How does a ganglion cyst differ from a synovial cyst?

No difference: They are essentially the same with respect to origin and tissue type. ...Read more

Dr. Troy Reyna
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Ganglion Cyst (Overview)

A benign growth that is typically filled with a thick, clear fluid and often arise from a joint capsule. The most common places they arise include the wrist and the foot.


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What are the symptoms of ganglion cyst?

What are the symptoms of ganglion cyst?

Various: Many ganglion cysts do not hurt and are only demonstrate a mass in the affected area. Depending on the location of the cyst, and size, pain can accompany the cyst. It is also possible that the cyst can compress nerves or other structure. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst (Tip)

Avoid repetitive wrist motion, wear a wrist splint for pain, and avoid trauma to the cyst. ...See more

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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

Use over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen
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Try not pop or squeeze the cyst
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If the cyst gets more painful, ask your doctor about possible drainage
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How is a ganglion cyst treated besides a bible being dropped on it?

Aspiration, surgery: I would not recommend the "bible" treatment. Typically, these cysts can be aspirated (drained with a needle) although there is a high recurrence rate. Surgery can offer a more definitive solution. Also, these are not malignant, so if it is not bothering you it can simply be observed or watched over time. ...Read more

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Heard you can diagnose ganglion cyst by transillumination with flashlight.?

Heard you can diagnose ganglion cyst by transillumination with flashlight.?

One Factor: In diagnosis of ganglions, we often do transilluminate the lesion with a small penlight. This alone, however, is not diagnostic. We evaluated the nature of the lesion, associated symptoms, its location and its features on clinical examination coupled with necessary imaging and sometimes pathology before making the final call. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst (Tip)

Wear splint to minimize pain. Avoid repetitive wrist motion and avoid trauma to the wrist. ...See more

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I have a recurring ganglion cyst on my left foot, 3 surgeries and it is back again. Is there any tests or procedures recommended to get rid of this?

I have a recurring ganglion cyst on my left foot, 3 surgeries and it is back again.  Is there any tests or procedures  recommended to get rid of this?

MRI with contrast: It sounds like the surgeon did not completely remove the 'stalk'(from where the ganglion originated) . Thus you were more prone to recurrence. Ganglion cysts are notorious for recurrence because oftentimes you cannot completely discern its origin. I recommend an MRI with contrast to accurately evaluate the extent and originationpart of the foot (joint or tendon) of the ganglion. ...Read more

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If you have ganglion cyst could that be the result of some form of cancer?

If you have ganglion cyst could that be the result of  some form of cancer?

Not cancer: Ganglion cysts are the result trauma, degenerative changes especially in the wrist joint , not related to cancer. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst (Tip)

Avoid repetitive wrist motion, wear wrist splints, avoid trauma, take ibuprofen. ...See more

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What causes ganglion cysts to get bigger?

What causes ganglion cysts to get bigger?

Synovial fluid: Fills ganglion cysts. These cysts 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 spontaneously. ...Read more

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What does a ganglion cyst on my wrist mean?

What does a ganglion cyst on my wrist mean?

Joint fluid hernia..: Ganglion cysts are filled with joint fluid, usually from one of the wrist joints, that has been expressed from the joint to form a cyst under the skin. They are usually associated with a weak area of the joint capsule. They can be removed if symptomatic, but have a tendency to recur even after complete removal. Also, there may still be pain after removal of the cyst. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst (Tip)

If it's not hurting, leave it alone. Otherwise, a simple surgery can be done in the office. ...See more

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Could chiropractors treat ganglion cysts?

Could chiropractors treat ganglion cysts?

No: Ganglion cysts are synovial cysts arising from a joint, most commonly the wrist, or tendon. Manipulation will have no effect on the ganglion. If symptomatic most typically requires surgery, occasionally will respond to aspiration. See a qualified hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I treat a painful ganglion cyst?

How can I treat a painful ganglion cyst?

Arthroscopically: Arthroscopic-assisted ganglion excision is a safe, minimally invasive surgical technique to remove dorsal wrist ganglions. Through small portals, the ganglion stalk (pedicle) can be visualized and excised with precision instrumentation. The cyst can then be decompressed through an accessory portal. The reported recurrence rate is lower than aspiration and open excision. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst (Tip)

Bump on my wrist hurts I love my computer games Motrin is my Friend. ...See more

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I have a ganglion cyst that never bothered me until I started taking yoga. What are some of my options for treating the cyst?

NoMoreBibleThumping: Stop Yoga and start kick boxing.HaHa.Those things usually have thick jelly-like stuff in them that can be removed by a doctor comfortable doing that.If it recurs it may need minor surgery to remove the rind surrounding it.A hand surgeon can take care of it.It's called a "ganglion."But it may be something else so have it looked at. Way back in the day,they'd smack it with as bible.Don't ask why. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ganglion cyst of anterior cruciate ligament?

Surgery: If symptomatic, growing bigger and restricting range of motion then surgery is the answer. After surgery, there will be a period of wearing a knee immobilizer, then some physical therapy. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst (Tip)

Don't poke or prod it And it often disappears If not see your doc. ...See more

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What do you think of dropping book on ganglion cyst for treatment?

What do you think of dropping book on ganglion cyst for treatment?

R U sure ganglion?: If you are sure this is a ganglion cyst, then it could be an option but the risks are that : 1) it may not be 2) how hard and how many times will it take? 3) what if you cause other damage such as a fracture? 4) pain? 5) recurrence? ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Ganglion (Definition)

Commonly associated with trauma or arthritis the joint capsule becomes stretched. As the body produces additional synovial fluid to lubricate the joint the loosened joint capsule stretches and fills with fluid...The gnaglion. As the body produces more or less the size of the ganglion will fluctuate. Best ...Read more