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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How to treat a ganglion cyst?

How to treat a ganglion cyst?

Depends: Rest, anti-inflammatory medication can help. If it continues to bother you with pain or affecting wrist function see a doctor. They may aspirate it or recommend excision. ...Read more

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Can a ganglion cyst come back?

Can a ganglion cyst come back?

Yes: A ganglion cyst can spontaneously rupture, be successfully aspirated or even surgically removed and recur. The recurrence rate after surgery should be low if done in the or by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a ganglion cyst?

How can I  prevent a ganglion cyst?

Unknown: To date, there is no known reliable method to prevent ganglion cyst formation. A ganglion cyst is a benign fluid filled sac, most commonly presenting as a compressible soft tissue mass on the back of the wrist. They may be associated with previous trauma (e.g. Wrist sprain) which may have created a small tear within the ligaments and capsule of the wrist. The cyst can wax and wane in size. ...Read more

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How to drain a ganglion cyst at home?

How to drain a ganglion cyst at home?

DIY not recommended: Medical procedures are not recommended as diys. Needling a volar wrist ganglion even by non-hand surgeons is fraught with danger as one of the main arteries to the hand and it's vena commitantes are commonly entwined with the ganglion and can easily be damaged. ...Read more

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What happens if a ganglion cyst ruptures?

What happens if a ganglion cyst ruptures?

It drains: If the ganglion cyst drains into the skin the cyst will disappear for awhile. It may recur. The fluid may reaccumulate afterward. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst surgery recovery- advice please?

Ganglion cyst surgery recovery- advice please?

B sure U C a hand. .: ...surgeon 4 removal if that's where it's located. After surgery U may have a splint 4 a week, & then U gradually work into Ur daily routine. Takes 4-6 wks 4 complete healing . No sports or heavy use until U have ROM back as well as strength. Don't push it, Ur hand stays with U all Ur life, so a couple months of being careful will get U the best result. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to burst a ganglion cyst?

Is it possible for me to burst a ganglion cyst?

Not recommended: Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. These cysts do not need treatment unless they are painful and persistent. Many of them will resolve with rest. While there are accounts of patients bursting these cysts with a heavy object, there is also the possibility of aggravating the cyst. If necessary, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Dupuytren disease or ganglion cyst, how to know?

Dupuytren disease or ganglion cyst, how to know?

Ganglions Have Fluid: A ganglion cyst will light up in the dark with a light (transillumination). Ganglion cysts can be aspirated or ruputured. Dupuyten's is hard and tend be lumps in a linear chain that goes on to contract the fingers. ...Read more

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Can a ganglion cyst be removed arthroscopically?

Yes: It depends on the site, but a skilled arthroscopist is typically well-trained in arthroscopic ganglion cyst excision. Complete excision is more important than technique, and obviously a complete open excision would be more ideal than an incomplete arthroscopic excision. A benefit of the arthroscopic approach is that the surgeon can "see" the stalk, which is paramount to minimize 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