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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

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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What are ganglion cysts?

What are ganglion cysts?

Fluid filled masses: Ganglion cysts are benign fluid-filled sacs that often arise from joints or tendon sheaths. ...Read more

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What is a ganglion cyst?

What is a ganglion cyst?

Inflamed tendon: Tendons run in sheaths, similar to the cables on a bicycle. Sometimes a minor trauma can cause the sheath to become inflamed and a small cyst can pop up. This is called a ganglion cyst. They are usually painless and sometimes go away on their own. If it isn't bothering you then you likely don't need to do anything with it. If it is bothering you, see your doc about removing it. ...Read more

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Can ganglion cyst get bigger?

Can ganglion cyst get bigger?

Yes: Ganglion cysts can get larger. Please see your doctor for evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

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What exactly is a ganglion cyst?

What exactly is a ganglion cyst?

Synovial cyst: Rupture of the synovium which is the cushion between the small bones of the wrist. The fluid that leaks out is then contained by the body and forms a cyst connected to the defect. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ganglion cyst?

What are symptoms of ganglion cyst?

Wrist mass: Mass on top or undersurface of wrist (most common location). Mass may grow in size. Mass may be painful or not. Sometimes the mass may interfere with range of motion due to size. If symptomatic may be removed with surgery if it does not respond to rest. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with a ganglion cyst?

Can I exercise with a ganglion cyst?

Yes: Depending on where the cyst is, you may have some pain or discomfort but it won't keep you from exercising. If you are in doubt, ask your pcp or orthopedist (hand surgeon). Usually found in the wrist. Can occur elsewhere. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a ganglion cyst?

How to know if I have a ganglion cyst?

See orthopedic Dr.: There are not many problems associated with the wrists short of bony abnormalities. One common problem that can occur at the level of the wrists or coming from any joint is called a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are not usually associated with much pain or discomfort until they become large. They extends from the joint space. It's, like blowing up a tiny balloon from between your knuckles. These often bust when a person bumps them. They will reoccur unless they are surgically tied off. I suggest you see an orthopedic surgeon to further assess and evaluate. ...Read more

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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 what cause them to happen?

Ganglion cyst what cause them to happen?

We don't know: If I had the answer to this, I would be a famous man. There are theories, but no right answer. It is thought that a defect in the joint capsule or ligamentous tissue results in tissue weakness, that allows joint fluid to escape into the weakness. As fluid escapes, it gets trapped by the one-way valve effect of the defect, thus producing the cyst. ...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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What type of dr to see for ganglion cyst?

What type of dr to see for ganglion cyst?

Hand surgeon: Hand surgeon if the cyst is on the hand/wrist. ...Read more

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What should I do to hide a ganglion cyst?

What should I do to hide a ganglion cyst?

Depends: A lot depends on the location of the ganglion. If on the foot/ankle wear shoes and socks. If on the wrist then long sleeves but this will only work if sleeves are longish and may be uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What can happen when a ganglion cyst pops?

What can happen when a ganglion cyst pops?

Pain, may resolve: You may have some mild pain, and the cyst may simply resolve. For example, ganglionic cysts in the wrist for example, used to be called bible cysts, as people would use a large book, like a bible to "hit them and rupture them." this of course is not recommended to do nowadays. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could a ganglion cyst go away on it's own?

No: Ganglions can wax and wane changing in size and symptoms but do not typically disappear on their own. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst: how often do they grow back?

Ganglion cyst: how often do they grow back?

< 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%. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst. ... Comes and goes. Why?

Ganglion cyst. ... Comes and goes. Why?

Ganglion cyst: It is like a bubble on a tire. If there is more pressure built up inside the joint, it will tend to expand the "bubble". ...Read more

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Is it painful to get a ganglion cyst removed?

Is it painful to get a ganglion cyst removed?

Minimal pain: Arthroscopic-assisted ganglion excision is a minimally invasive surgical technique and relatively painless, typically performed under general anesthesia. Through small portals, the ganglion stalk can be visualized and excised with precision instrumentation. The cyst can then be decompressed through an accessory portal. Local anesthesia is placed over the portal sites. ...Read more

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How is a ganglion cyst diagnosed? Flashlight?

How is a ganglion cyst diagnosed? Flashlight?

Physical exam: Typically these cysts are readily diagnosed with a physical exam. Certainly, imaging studies such as ultrasound and MRI can also be helpful but are not usually necessary. Transilluminating the cyst with a "flashlight" is part of the physical exam and can help distinguish between a fluid filled mass and a solid one. ...Read more

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What to do to ease the pain of a ganglion cyst?

What to do to ease the pain of a ganglion cyst?

Rest: Depends on ones use of wrist. Rest will help as will the use of an inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. ...Read more

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