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David Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
6 years in practice
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
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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.

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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


Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
Surgery
27 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Can ganglion cyst get bigger?

Can ganglion cyst get bigger?

Yes: Ganglion cysts can get larger. Please see your doctor for evaluation and treatment options.

Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Danny Proffitt Dr. Proffitt
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Can I exercise with a ganglion cyst?

Can I exercise with a ganglion cyst?

Yes: Depending on where the cyst is, you may have some pain or discomfort but it won't keep you from exercising. If you are in doubt, ask your pcp or orthopedist (hand surgeon). Usually found in the wrist. Can occur elsewhere.

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Dr. Steven Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
General Practice
31 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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 extends 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.

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper Dr. Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery
21 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio Dr. DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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.

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Dr. Mark Wang Dr. Wang
Surgery - Hand Surgery
13 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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How can I treat a painful ganglion cyst?

How can I treat a painful ganglion cyst?

Arthroscopically: Arthroscopic-assisted ganglion excision is a safe, minimally invasive surgical technique to remove dorsal wrist ganglions. Through small portals, the ganglion stalk (pedicle) can be visualized and excised with precision instrumentation. The cyst can then be decompressed through an accessory portal. The reported recurrence rate is lower than aspiration and open excision.

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Dr. Soren Singel Dr. Singel
Neurosurgery
25 years in practice
Free University of Berlin Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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What should I do to hide a ganglion cyst?

What should I do to hide a ganglion cyst?

Depends: A lot depends on the location of the ganglion. If on the foot/ankle wear shoes and socks. If on the wrist then long sleeves but this will only work if sleeves are longish and may be uncomfortable.

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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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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.

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Dr. Steven Brown Dr. Brown
Surgery - Hand Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Could a ganglion cyst go away on it's own?

No: Ganglions can wax and wane changing in size and symptoms but do not typically disappear on their own.

Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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Ganglion cyst: how often do they grow back?

Ganglion cyst: how often do they grow back?

< 5% with surgery: Ganglion cysts are managed by being left alone or hit with a heavy book like a bible - high recurremce rate. If treated by aspiration and steroid injection - I tell my patients two thirds will come back. Lastly if treated by surgical excision - the recurrence rate should be less than 5%.

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Dr. John Michalski Dr. Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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".

Dr. Mark Wang Dr. Wang
Surgery - Hand Surgery
13 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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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.

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Dr. Richard Makowiec Dr. Makowiec
Surgery - Hand Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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What type of dr. Would I see for a ganglion cyst?

Surgeon: This could be hand, general, or pediatric surgeon depending on age of patient.

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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