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I have a ganglion cyst. If it burst would it cause sharp pain?

I have a ganglion cyst. If it burst would it cause sharp pain?

Doubtful: In the old days, it was called the "bible" treatment to rupture a ganglion cyst on a person's wrist. As the bible was usually the biggest book in people's houses, it was told to people to swing it hard against the wrist to rupture the cyst. The blow i'm sure hurt more than the cyst rupturing. ...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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I had a ganglion cyst pressed on & popped by my doc a few weeks ago. I have INTENSE sharp pain and feels as though I slept on it wrong, why?

I had a ganglion cyst pressed on & popped by my doc a few weeks ago. I have INTENSE sharp pain and feels as though I slept on it wrong, why?

Nerve ending trauma?: Sometimes compression/pressure can get the cyst to resolve, but there is a risk of trauma to the nerve endings, particularly if the cyst "pops," as yours did. This could result in the intense pain you describe. Other approaches that have been used to treat ganglion cysts include aspiration, which has a risk of occurrence, and surgery, which can provide definitive care. Hope you feel better soon. ...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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When a ganglion cyst burst, is it possible to feel sick afterwards?

Anything is possible: But unlikely. Ganglions are filled with mucin, which is similar to synovial fluid found in joints. When they "pop" the fluid goes into the surrounding soft tissue and subcutaneous space. Very little if any of the fluid is immediately absorbed into the blood stream. Instead, the fluid is resorbed slowly over time. Feeling sick at the time is likely coincidental, or a vagal response. ...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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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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Ganglion cyst burst today causing swelling discolor, weakness and tingling in hand, a new sac that is misshaped below cyst that is very loose & mushy?

Ganglion cyst burst today causing swelling discolor, weakness and tingling in hand, a new sac that is misshaped below cyst that is very loose & mushy?

See doctor timely...: Are you sure it is ganglion cyst bursting? Is this a new or recurrent event? If new, go to see doctor as soon as possible; if recurrent, watch and follow the pattern of previous resolution closely. But if too much deviating from prior course, see doctor soon so not to miss the time window of adequate clinical evaluation and treatment. Best wish ... Always. ...Read more

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6yrs ago, i had a ganglion cyst from overuse (left wrist, near the thumb)- it burst. I still can't put pressure on my wrist when it is bent (painful).

6yrs ago, i had a ganglion cyst from overuse (left wrist, near the thumb)- it burst. I still can't put pressure on my wrist when it is bent (painful).

Wrangling Wrist Pain: Anatomically, wrist pain due to a ganglion cyst is thought to be related to a distension of the lining of the joint or the surface of the bone itself due to fluid accumulation under pressure. Pain may recur after surgery due to inflammation in the joint, synovium, or the bone itself. The simple fact you had one means some force affected your anatomy to respond with a cyst. Change your activity. ...Read more

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I had a" Godzilla", per my surgeon, ganglion cyst surgically removed on radial artery, several yrs ago. now, lg cyst burst. Swollen, pain. Lg area?

I had a" Godzilla", per my surgeon,  ganglion cyst surgically removed on radial artery, several yrs ago.  now, lg cyst burst. Swollen, pain. Lg area?

Ganglion cysts: even when surgically removed can reoccur. Treatment involves analgesics and possibly another operation. Its a tough call. Read about ganglion cysts (they are sometimes called Giddion Cysts when intentionally ruptured by striking them with a heavy object like a Bible (which is old days was often the largest book in the doctor's office !) ...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


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Ganglion Cyst (Definition)

Ganglion cysts are fluid collections that can form in the tendons of ...Read more