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What to do about a swollen wrist cyst?

What to do about a swollen wrist cyst?

Various: Most cysts that come from the wrist reflect a small amount of damage to the wrist joint. They swell up when the wrist swells from increased use or trauma. They can be aspirated (sucked out), left alone, or removed. There is always a chance that it will come back, since there is underlying damage to the wrist. Depending on the location, there is a very small chance of something more serious. ...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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Can you tell me about experience with wrist cysts?

Can you tell me about experience with wrist cysts?

Ganglion Cyst: I assume you are asking about a ganglion cyst, which commonly occurs on the dorsum of the wrist. The cheapest, most effective treatment is to rupture the cy"st by striking it sharply with a heavy book. The cyst will rupture, and in many cases will not recur. If it does, it's easy to "retreat." You can find a number of demonstrations on YouTube by googling Ganglion Cyst Treatment Book." ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time after wrist cyst removal?

What is the normal recovery time after wrist cyst removal?

3weeks: Recommend 3 weeks of immobilization to avoid recurrence of a ganglion cyst after surgery. Then may require a period of time to regain normal range of motion. Some swelling may persist for up to 4 months. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a wrist cyst and how are they formed?

How do I get rid of a wrist cyst and how are they formed?

Depends: A wrist cyst is usually a ganglion. Some recommend aspiration as an initial treatment. If it recurs then it can be surgically excised. ...Read more

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3 days post Ganglion Cyst removal dorsal wrist hand & fingers feel tingly & are swollen ? ACE band & dressing come off tomorrow What to do?

3 days post Ganglion Cyst removal dorsal wrist hand & fingers feel tingly & are swollen ? ACE band & dressing come off tomorrow What to do?

Keep area clean&dry: Call the surgeon tomorrow and ask to come in to get it rewrapped if they feel it's necessary. They may allow you to keep it open if it's clean and not showing signs of redness or inflammation. ...Read more

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Is it weird to go to the doctor for two problems? I have a possible wrist cyst that hurts a lot but I also have muscle problems or spurrs in my ankle

Is it weird to go to the doctor for two problems? I have a possible wrist cyst that hurts a lot but I also have muscle problems or spurrs in my ankle

Not at all: Lacey, Family Medicine or Internal Medicine doctors are used to handling multiple issues at once. Their job is to care for a spectrum of problems. While a specialist may just handle one problem at a time, feel free to mention your multiple issues to your primary care doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Cyst under arm and pilonidal cyst, swollen glands everywhere,rash on wrist,weight loss,and dizziness and general feeling unwell. What could this be?

Cyst under arm and pilonidal cyst, swollen glands everywhere,rash on wrist,weight loss,and dizziness and general feeling unwell. What could this be?

Many symptoms: Please make an appointment to see your doctor. A medical history will be taken and complete physical exam done. Once done appropriate management will be started or you might be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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I had a ganglion cyst removed on thursday of this week, my hand is swollen, what can I do to treat the swelling.?

I had a ganglion cyst removed on thursday of this week, my hand is swollen, what can I do to treat the swelling.?

Elevation: Elevation and gentle digital range of motion are a few simple steps to help decrease swelling (edema). Proper elevation typical consists of placing the hand above the level of the heart (e.g. Left chest) to allow gravity to facilitate the edema control. A tight postoperative dressing may also be carefullly loosened. If you were placed in a splint, you should wear as instructed by your doc. ...Read more

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Injured knee 1wk ago possible meniscus tear&bakers cyst.woke up with one swollen stiff painful knuckle on hand, petechia on foot, & burning chest. ER?

Injured knee 1wk ago possible meniscus tear&bakers cyst.woke up with one swollen stiff painful knuckle on hand, petechia on foot, & burning chest. ER?

Arthritis ?: It may be part of a larger arthritis syndrome. You need to see your physician. Your evaluation will include lab, imaging along with a history and physical. Inflammation is occuring and it may be causing the arthritis and the the blood vessels - getting the petechiae. ...Read more

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I'm assuming what I have is a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The only problem I have is that I can't wear my watch. It's about 1/2 in in diameter. Is it necessary to get it removed? Will having it cause damage to my nerves or tendons?

I'm assuming what I have is a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The only problem I have is that I can't wear my watch. It's about 1/2 in in diameter. Is it necessary to get it removed? Will having it cause damage to my nerves or tendons?

Yes: A ganglion does not need to b removed unless it is symptomatic.. If you can not wear a watch then I would suggest removal. Removal should not cause damage to nerves or motor nerves ...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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What do I do about a gangilion cyst on my wrist hand joint?

What do I do about a gangilion cyst on my wrist hand joint?

Ganglion: Ganglions are not typically painful so first you need to make sure that the ganglion is the only or true source if your in pain. Underlying arthritis, old fracture or ligament injury shold be ruled out with an x-ray if you have pain. Once that occurs splinting, injection NSAID may help. If these fail and there is no underlying issue then you may want to seek an evaluation for excision. ...Read more

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After my ganglion cyst surgrey will i be in pain? Please note that my cyst is huge about the size of a golf ball on my right wrist.

After my ganglion cyst surgrey will i be in pain? Please note that my cyst is huge about the size of a golf ball on my right wrist.

Minimal: The basic concept that any time you cut yourself or a surgeon cuts you there will be pain. Nothing uncontrollable and not for very long. ...Read more

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A knot or ganglion cyst above wrist. When do I see a dr about it? Aches after prolonged use of hand & crawling feeling. Not bothersome at the moment.

Get accurate: diagnosis first. If it is a ganglion for sure, nothing needs to be done unless it causes symptoms. Sometimes, a simple aspiration and steroid injection would do it. Go an see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion / cyst on my wrist joint but it has just popped under my skin is it anything to worry about?

Wrist mass: How do u know that it is a ganglion? If u have a wrist mass which is not painful, does not affect your wrist motion or function , is not progressively getting bigger, than u can just keep an eye on it . Otherwise get it checked ...Read more

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My daughter had a ganglion cyst on the artery on her left wrist that busted today.she is complaining about pain when she bends it is that normal?

My daughter had a ganglion cyst on the artery on her left wrist that busted today.she is complaining about pain when she bends it is that normal?

Get her evaluated: Any new pain with the rupture of a cyst should be evaluated promptly by a physician. If there is increased swelling around the wrist or any limitation in her ability to move it, or reduced sensation in the affected hand, she should be seen in an urgent/emergent manner. ...Read more

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I have a bump about the size of a marble on the back of my left hand, at my wrist. I had it checked out. We thought it was a ganglion cyst but it wasn't that. What could it be?

I have a bump about the size of a marble on the back of my left hand, at my wrist. I had it checked out. We thought it was a ganglion cyst but it wasn't that. What could it be?

Boss: The top two diagnoses for bumps on the top of the hand are ganglion cyst and carpometacarpal boss. How do you know that it isn't a ganglion cyst? If you are certain, i would refer you to a health care professional for a diagnosis. Carpometacarpal bosses are small bone spurs or outgrowths from the corresponding joint. If they are painless, observation is recommended. ...Read more

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I have a cyst on my upper forearm according to the ER. They told me to keep it wrapped but every time I wrap it my hand and wrist swell up. ?

I have a cyst on my upper forearm according to the ER. They told me to keep it wrapped but every time I wrap it my hand and wrist swell up.  ?

Too tight: I presume you are to keep it wrapped/bandaged because it is draining or infected? This may be fine, but it sounds like you may be wrapping it too tightly. This causes obstruction of the venous blood and lymph flow back up your arm, and resultant swelling down below. Try wrapping it more loosely. Infection should soon resolve; no other reason to wrap a cyst!? Good wishes:) ...Read more