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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


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Theres no visible growth but in the middle of my wrist its like i can't bend my hand fully back because something's there, been weeks, ganglion cyst ?

Theres no visible growth but in the middle of my wrist its like i can't bend my hand fully back because something's there, been weeks, ganglion cyst ?

Wrist issues-? Lump: Did you fall or were you in an accident and injured the hand recently. Ganglions are the commonest tumor in the hand and may present or become visible later. Patients may have symptoms similar to what you describe. Some smaller lesions can be diagnosed by scans. See a hand surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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A ganglion cyst that was popped in my hand 3 months ago is back. What is te next course of treatment?

Dr. David Yan Dr. Yan
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A ganglion cyst that was popped in my hand 3 months ago is back. What is te next course of treatment?

Surgery: Drainage of a ganglion cyst tends to have a pretty high rate of recurrence. If the cyst is causing symptoms such as pain or discomfort, i think surgery is the way to go. It's a fairly minor procedure that can be done in less than an hour as an outpatient procedure. Recurrence rates are much lower after surgery. ...Read more

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I have a bump about the size of a marble on the back of my left hand, at my wrist. I had it checked out. We thought it was a ganglion cyst but it wasn't that. What could it be?

I have a bump about the size of a marble on the back of my left hand, at my wrist. I had it checked out. We thought it was a ganglion cyst but it wasn't that. What could it be?

Boss: The top two diagnoses for bumps on the top of the hand are ganglion cyst and carpometacarpal boss. How do you know that it isn't a ganglion cyst? If you are certain, i would refer you to a health care professional for a diagnosis. Carpometacarpal bosses are small bone spurs or outgrowths from the corresponding joint. If they are painless, observation is recommended. ...Read more

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3 days post Ganglion Cyst removal dorsal wrist hand & fingers feel tingly & are swollen ? ACE band & dressing come off tomorrow What to do?

3 days post Ganglion Cyst removal dorsal wrist hand & fingers feel tingly & are swollen ? ACE band & dressing come off tomorrow What to do?

Keep area clean&dry: Call the surgeon tomorrow and ask to come in to get it rewrapped if they feel it's necessary. They may allow you to keep it open if it's clean and not showing signs of redness or inflammation. ...Read more

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I was supposed to have surgery on my right hand because of a ganglion cyst but the MRI came back and the cyst is gone but I still have a lot of pain.

I was supposed to have surgery on my right hand because of a ganglion cyst but the MRI came back and the cyst is gone but I still have a lot of pain.

You have pain: So, you don't have a cyst. You do have pain. Gather the details of where your pain is, what else occurs with it (such as numbness, with location), what activates the pain and then continue the pursuit of a cause. Is your pain only in your hand or do you have other pains also? If so, where else do you have pain? The number and types of other pain conditions will tell you also about your hand. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst 3 yrs back of wrist very large, burst on its own, there is swelling and discolor & unusual type of sac below cyst, hand weak & tingling?

Ganglion cyst 3 yrs back of wrist very large, burst on its own, there is swelling and discolor & unusual type of sac below cyst, hand weak & tingling?

Follow up: Ganglion cysts of the wrist can occasional cause problems such as bursting, pain, and swelling. When they cause neurologic problems such as weakness of the extremity, it is best to see an orthopedic specialist for further evaluation and management. All the best. ...Read more

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I work at a very hands on job with a lot of lifting and wrist movement. If I have surgery to jave a ganglion cyst removed can I go right back to work?

I work at a very hands on job with a lot of lifting and wrist movement. If I have surgery to jave a ganglion cyst removed can I go right back to work?

No: You will need to take some time off or shift to a less strenuous position until you wounds heal and you motion and strength returns. This time frame is from 2 to 6 weeks on average. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist! it burst but might be coming back, do you think it would?

I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist! it burst but might be coming back, do you think it would?

Yes: If it is in fact a ganglion cyst, which arises from a joint, most often the wrist, it may rupture or be drained, but they usually eventually return. The most effective way to permanently get rid of it is with a minor surgical procedure to excise it down at its origin near the joint space. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ganglion cyst on the underside of the wrist and had surgery to remove it only to have it come back on the top side of the wrist?

Can you tell me about ganglion cyst on the underside of the wrist and had surgery to remove it only to have it come back on the top side of the wrist?

Common: This is not the same cyst. There are approx. Ten small bones in the wrist. Each of them have a synovial capsule that could rupture and produce a ganglion cyst on the undersurface or top surface of the wrist. Ask your doctor if your activity or use of wrist is promoting this kind of formation. ...Read more

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I have a dorsal ganglion cyst on my wrist..It is not painful but is it safe to get removed? Any complications/scaring wit surgery for this?

I have a dorsal ganglion cyst on my wrist..It is not painful but is it safe to get removed? Any complications/scaring wit surgery for this?

Try aspiration first: Ganglions are common benign cysts in the hand/wrist. You should have a doctor exam to confirm. I tell my patients who have pain-free cysts to monitor them. Cysts can go away on their own. If they becomes much larger, painful, or limit function, we can perform an aspiration procedure in the office (needle drainage). Surgery is successful for removal the majority of the time with few complications. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst in my wrist and it has come back. However this time is much more painfull when their is certain movements i do. What can I do?

Surgery: Ganglion cysts emanate from the joint and can cause pain with movement. Surgical excision removes not only the cyst but the stalk from which it communicates with the wrist joint. This is the best chance to have a low recurrence rate. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst in the top of my left wrist. It has ruptured multiple times a d continues to come right back. 2 days ago it ruptured. Today was my surgery to have it removed and my surgeon refused to do my surgery. Does thus sound correct?

I have a ganglion cyst in the top of my left wrist. It has ruptured multiple times a d continues to come right back. 2 days ago it ruptured. Today was my surgery to have it removed and my surgeon refused to do my surgery. Does thus sound correct?

Here are some....: The good time to remove the cyst is when there is no or little inflammation. At the time of 2 days after rupture, significant inflammation on site is expected so now is not time to do surgery. To pick the "right" time for procedure, ask and work with your surgeon. How? Follow instructions in https://ebettercare.com/feel-become-sick/. All the best to health.... ...Read more

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The ganglion cyst has come back in the wrist still small but very sore. 5-6 pain scale. Could it be pressin on muscle. Do i call pcp?

The ganglion cyst has come back in the wrist still small but very sore. 5-6 pain scale. Could it be pressin on muscle. Do i call pcp?

Yes: Ganglion cysts that are painful and enlarging should be seen by your md.Most common location is the wrist and can be painful from tendon irritation or being " pinched" in the joint w/ motion. An ors can excise if pain continues.Needle aspiration/ injection can provide temporary( usually) relief. ...Read more

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What does a ganglion cyst in the palm of your hand look like?

Contact Hand surgeon: Palmar aspect lumps are usually smaller than the dorsal hand/wrist ganglions. They feel firm and arise from tendon sheaths. Sometimes flexor tenosynovitis may create swelling and is associated with pain and limitation of movement. Contact a hand surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you remove a ganglion cyst on the top side of your hand without surgery?

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Can you remove a ganglion cyst on the top side of your hand without surgery?

Yes: Ganglion cysts on the top side (non-palm side) of the hand can be removed through an aspiration procedure. This is a simple office procedure where a needle is introduced into the ganglion cyst and its contents are aspirated. However, the risk of recurrence following an aspiration procedure is very high--as high as 75-80%. Consider the risks of recurrence when deciding on treatment options. ...Read more

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Have a small ganglion cyst on my left hand. Not painful. Can I strap it up tightly with wrist straps and do a bench press workout?

Have a small ganglion cyst on my left hand. Not painful. Can I strap it up tightly with wrist straps and do a bench press workout?

Up to you: Ganglion cyst is an outpouching of one of the tendon sheaths in your hand. If it's bothering you do nothing. In the "old days" they used to smash them with the family Bible. ...Read more

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A knot or ganglion cyst above wrist. When do I see a dr about it? Aches after prolonged use of hand & crawling feeling. Not bothersome at the moment.

Get accurate: diagnosis first. If it is a ganglion for sure, nothing needs to be done unless it causes symptoms. Sometimes, a simple aspiration and steroid injection would do it. Go an see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it okay for your hand to be numb after ganglion cyst surgery?

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Is it okay for your hand to be numb after ganglion cyst surgery?

Depends for how long: Depending on the location of your ganglion cyst, it's possible that some sensory nerve branches may have been stretched, causing a temporary numbness. It is not a common occurrence, but it could happen. It should be temporary. You should discuss this issue with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst- hand bruising after aspiration, should I be concerned?

Ganglion cyst- hand bruising after aspiration, should I be concerned?

No: Bruising occurs from bleeding into the soft tissues from trauma such as a needle stick. Aspiration is rarely successful in eliminating a ganglion, do not be surprised if it returns. Success rate is 30% for aspiration, multiple aspirations may increase that to aprox. 50% ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst in hand just ruptured. Hit with phone. What should I do next?

Ganglion cyst in hand just ruptured. Hit with phone. What should I do next?

Pretty heavy phone?: Do they still have telephones heavy enough to rupture a ganglion cyst? Well, in general those things will just drain into the surrounding subcutaneous tissue.....it may recur....it may not....if it hurts I'd use a bag of ice and take some tylenol (acetaminophen) as a First Aid measure....but there's really nothing much more to do than very conservative treatment. If things don't get any better then, eval ...Read more

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I had a ganglion cyst removed on thursday of this week, my hand is swollen, what can I do to treat the swelling.?

Dr. Mark Wang Dr. Wang
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I had a ganglion cyst removed on thursday of this week, my hand is swollen, what can I do to treat the swelling.?

Elevation: Elevation and gentle digital range of motion are a few simple steps to help decrease swelling (edema). Proper elevation typical consists of placing the hand above the level of the heart (e.g. Left chest) to allow gravity to facilitate the edema control. A tight postoperative dressing may also be carefullly loosened. If you were placed in a splint, you should wear as instructed by your doc. ...Read more

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Painful ganglion cyst on upper side of left wrist. I'm right handed and don't use my left hand much, how did it appear on my opposite hand?

Painful ganglion cyst on upper side of left wrist. I'm right handed and don't use my left hand much, how did it appear on my opposite hand?

Not overuse syndrome: Ganglion is a synovial cyst arising from wrist joint when a defect develops in the joint capsule. Can be trauma related, related to underlying arthritis changes, iatrogenic or from abnormal stress to joint. So appearing on non-dominant hand is not unusual ...Read more

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Had a ganglion cyst removed from hand. Three stitches. When the stitches were removed, incision was still open. Is this normal? Skin didn't close?

Had a ganglion cyst removed from hand. Three stitches. When the stitches were removed, incision was still open. Is this normal? Skin didn't close?

Could be: Sometimes the deep layers heal faster than the top skin layer. As long as the deeper layers are closed, just keep the wound clean and covered. If the deep layers seem open, have your surgeon recheck the wound. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between a ganglion cyst on the top of my hand, and the area itching? It has itched once before while it grew. Should I worry?

Is there a relationship between a ganglion cyst on the top of my hand, and the area itching? It has itched once before while it grew. Should I worry?

Dont worry: Puritis or itching is carried by same nerve fibers that carry pain sensation. If the ganglion gets inflamed from irritation or overuse can cause itching in some patients. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst- hand bruising after aspiration. What should I do?

Ganglion cyst- hand bruising after aspiration. What should I do?

Depends: You can use ice or heat whichever works for you and motrin. As long as you do not have any bleeding tendencies. ...Read more

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I had ganglion cyst removed 4 months ago and I still have wrist hand elbow pain how long will this last?

I had ganglion cyst removed 4 months ago and I still have wrist hand elbow pain how long will this last?

Sometimes a ganglion: cyst is really secondary to other issues in the region it arose from such as underlying degenerative changes or arthritis. Ask your surgeon as to the possible causes of your ongoing symptoms. ...Read more

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My ganglion cyst is causing severe pain in wrist and hand, getting worse everyday, what can I do to get relief?

My ganglion cyst is causing severe pain in wrist and hand, getting worse everyday, what can I do to get relief?

Get it removed: If it is that symptomatic get it removed, it is a low risk out patient surgical procedure. ...Read more

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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


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Ganglion Cyst (Definition)

A condition in which a benign growth, typically filled with a thick, clear fluid, arises on ...Read more