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Doctor insights on: Multiple Ganglion Cysts

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I have a ganglion cyst. How long until i'm off from work?

I have a ganglion cyst. How long until i'm off from work?

Depends: What kind of work? Heavy work involving use of hands like construction, driving, or even prolonged computer use may need at least a week off. ...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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What are ganglion cysts?

What are ganglion cysts?

Fluid sack off joint: Joints are held together by ligaments and capsular tissue. These structures provide stability for the joint and keep the synovial fluid in place. Sometimes a small opening will develope in the capsule/ligament complex, allowing fluid to escape the joint. The body walls this fluid off in a membranous cyst. They get bigger and smaller because the communicate with the joint. They are often painless. ...Read more

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How are ganglion cysts removed?

How are ganglion cysts removed?

They can be: Aspirated - removal of contents by extracting with a needle poked into it. (under local anesthesia.) or they can be surgically excised. ...Read more

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Do ganglion cysts disolve by themselves?

Do ganglion cysts disolve by themselves?

No: Ganglion cysts tend to wax and wain depending on you level of activity as they are a direct extension of the joint they arise from. Rarely they will scar down preventing further expansion. ...Read more

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Can ganglion cysts go away on their own?

Can ganglion cysts go away on their own?

Maybe: They may diminish in size on their own. Excision is not necessary. Aspiration of the cyst with a needle is a simple way to treat it. ...Read more

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What causes ganglion cysts to get bigger?

What causes ganglion cysts to get bigger?

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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What are ganglion cysts and where located?

What are ganglion cysts and where located?

Arms and legs mostly: They are fluid containing structures, with joint fluid and linning, they develop because of congenital or aquired weaknesses in the capsules of joints or tendon sheaths. ...Read more

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What are ganglion cysts and how are they treated?

A benign lesion: Consisting of a fluid filled sac or cyst. It is important to have contents aspirated to be sent to a lab and not simply thrown out. There are some lesions that are malignant that present in a similiar fashion and hence, any fluid aspirated is better send off for analysis than sitting in the bottom of the garbage. ...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