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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

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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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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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 extend 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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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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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

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Accompanied pain w/ ganglion cyst? What should I do?

Accompanied pain w/ ganglion cyst? What should I do?

Excision of cyst: Ganglion cysts can be associated with pain and are easily removed. Surgeons can remove them with an open or arthroscopic technique. I personally prefer an arthroscopic approach so I can also evaluate for other pathology. If the cyst is on the hand or wrist you can get an evaluation from a hand surgeon for further treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst and it is irritating. What should I do?

I have a ganglion cyst and it is irritating. What should I do?

Surgery: Surgery is quick and effective with little or no chance of recurrence. ...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 a while. 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. .: 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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Why don't I see a bump if I have a ganglion cyst?

It may be very small: A ganglion cyst is a common benign condition usually associated with some weakness of the deep tissues surrounding a joint or tendon sheath allowing the synovial fluid to escape into a small sac or cyst. It only needs treatment if painful or bothersome, so don't worry! ...Read more

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Will i be admitted after my ganglion cyst surgery?

Will i be admitted after my ganglion cyst surgery?

No: This is performed as an outpatient procedure in a surgery center or hospital. ...Read more

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Can doing push-ups daily make a ganglion cyst worse?

Can doing push-ups daily make a ganglion cyst worse?

No: The cyst is inflammatory fluid in the tendon sheath that causes swelling. There is no special motion that is known to make the cyst better or worse. ...Read more

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Should I get a second aspiration of my ganglion cyst?

Should I get a second aspiration of my ganglion cyst?

No: Aspiration of ganglion cysts has a low success rate, if the first aspiration was unsuccessful I would not recommend a second attempt. If the ganglion is symptomatic surgery for excision would be the next recommendation. Seek the advice of a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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If a ganglion cyst ruptures on its own, can it regrow?

Yes it may: Yes it may recur but it does not necessarily and therefore it is best to observe. ...Read more

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What can you do to make a dorsal ganglion cyst bigger?

Depends: Usually people do not want the cyst to get bigger, but smaller. If due to overuse, then continuing use may allow it to grow. With growth there may also be increase in symptoms like pain, pressure and neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst being drained tomorrow. What can I expect?

Ganglion cyst being drained tomorrow. What can I expect?

Excision I hope : They need excision as the origin is deep and comes from a joint so the base needs 2 b identified and closed. A simple aspiration or drainage will lead 2 recurrence. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the ganglion cyst surgery procedure?

Can you tell me about the ganglion cyst surgery procedure?

Excision: Involves excision of the cyst dissecting it free from the surrounding tissues. Most important factor to prevent recurrence is to completely remove the neck of the ganglion that extends down into the joint. Surgery is usually done under iv regional block or general anesthetic, in some cases local can be an option. Post immobilization for 2-3 weeks reduces recurrence rate. ...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)

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