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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

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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How do I treat a ganglion cysts on top of the hand, or will it go away on its own?

How do I treat a ganglion cysts on top of the hand, or will it go away on its own?

Wait and see: Ganglion cysts are very common on the top of the wrist. Sometimes they go away on their own, but that tends not to be the case if it's been there for a while. If you bump it hard enough on something, you may find that it changes in size or goes away completely. It might be worth seeing a hand surgeon to make sure it's a cyst. ...Read more

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

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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I have a ganglion cyst on the top joint of my finger. Should I have a hand surgeon remove it?

I have a ganglion cyst on the top joint of my finger. Should I have a hand surgeon remove it?

Not necessarily: If doesn't bother you, then leave it alone. Ganglion cysts tend to recur after removal and they never turn into anything serious. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst on top of the wrist, should I be concerned?

Ganglion cyst on top of the wrist, should I be concerned?

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 on top of the wrist, what to do?

Ganglion cyst on top of the wrist, what to do?

If bothering you: See a surgeon and get it removed , is simple low risk out patient procedure, speak to your family doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I have what I fully believe to be a ganglion cyst on top of my wrist. Surgery and needles are not an option for me, is it safe to use the book?

Hello, I have what I fully believe to be a ganglion cyst on top of my wrist. Surgery and needles are not an option for me, is it safe to use the book?

Book Smarts.: Safe or not, that technique has worked for many a person, including myself, for many years. In time, however. the book slap be came non effective and I had to resort to excision. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a ganglion cyst on top of my my right wrist, had it removed 2x and i can't seem to get rid of it. Would it safe to get a tattoo to cover it?

Hi, I have a ganglion cyst on top of my my right wrist, had it removed 2x and i can't seem to get rid of it. Would it safe to get a tattoo to cover it?

I would not recommen: A tattoo over a ganglion. Ganglions come from the joint or tendon sheath below and contamination or infection can track back to the joint or tendon causing more problems. ...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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How do you care for a ganglion cyst that was aspirated on top of your wrist?

How do you care for a ganglion cyst that was aspirated on top of your wrist?

Depends: Consult with the doctor who aspirated it because there is no one way to care for it. The options are generally a bandaid, pressure dressing, or splint. But some physicians encourage deep massage and followup times may vary as well as need for further workup depending on symptoms and possible associated issues. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I go to culinary school (constant wrist activity) and need a ganglion cyst removed from the top of my wrist. Around how long should I need off?

I go to culinary school (constant wrist activity) and need a ganglion cyst removed from the top of my wrist. Around how long should I need off?

3-7 days: Depending on the procedure either open surgery or arthroscopy, post-operative recovery times can vary. Also, in many cases there are other joint pathology identified during the surgery. In most cases, the wrist needs to be splinted for 3-7 days. For mucous cysts, there is no need for splinting and the wrist can be used immediately. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a ganglion cyst on the top side of my wrist. Two weeks ago i wentto the doctor?

Symptomatic?: If not symptomatic then this requires no treatment. If the ganglion is symptomatic then surgical excision is usually indicated. Aspiration can be attempted but the success rate is poor. Steroid injection is not! indicated. If painful see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a ganglion cyst on the top of my wrist and it's painful. I went to theelse had had this problem with a cyst?

What to do if I have a ganglion cyst on the top of my wrist and it's painful. I went to theelse had had this problem with a cyst?

Dorsal Carpal Gangli: Carpal ganglions are a frequent cause of wrist pain but you should have it evaluated by a Hand Surgeon because extensor tenosynovitis and other issues can mimic it. Do not hit it with a book! I've seen patients who have fractured their wrists trying this home remedy. Aspiration/injection or excision is the way to go if these are painful. ...Read more

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I thick my ganglion cyst is going down as fast as it go up if it is why or how is it go down as fast as it go up it on the top of my wrist?

I thick my ganglion cyst is going down as fast as it go up if it is why or how is it go down as fast as it go up  it on the top of my wrist?

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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Ganglion cyst in my wrist on top had a steroid shot in it .It got bigger but sometimes flattens out and moves and is very sore to touch.Is this norm?

Ganglion cyst in my wrist on top had a steroid shot in it .It got bigger but sometimes flattens out and moves and is very sore to touch.Is this norm?

Best option removal: You tried everything including steroid injection, don't have to suffer , surgery is a simple our patient procedure, speak to your doctor will refer you to a surgeon for removal. ...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 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 ...Read more