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Dr. Addagada Rao
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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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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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Dr. Richard Makowiec
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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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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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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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Dr. Mark Wang
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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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Dr. Morris Westfried
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Is it okay to whack a bible/ganglion cyst with a book?

Is it okay to whack a bible/ganglion cyst with a book?

No: The ganglion is a cystic selling from the joint capsule. Drainage and or cortisone shot will give you temporary relief. If it is painful or very noticeable the only method to definitively del a with a ganglion is surgery, done in an outpatient facility by an orthopedic, or hand surgeon. There is a small recurrence rate of about 10-15 per cent ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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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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Dr. John Munshower
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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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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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How do you know when you need ganglion cyst removal?

Pain: Usually pain and discomfort are the major reasons for patients having these removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Makowiec
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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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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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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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