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My daughter has a ganglion cyst. If you wait and do nothing will it go away in a year?

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Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg
Orthopedic Surgery
10 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Some studies on ganglion cysts show up to a 35% spontaneous resolution rate in children.
If it is not causing any problems and is not getting larger then it is perfectly fine to observe it. Aspiration has a 50-75 % success rate. If done with appropriate technique infection is an extremely low risk. If the cyst is bothersome the most effective treatment is surgical excision.

In brief: Sometimes

Some studies on ganglion cysts show up to a 35% spontaneous resolution rate in children.
If it is not causing any problems and is not getting larger then it is perfectly fine to observe it. Aspiration has a 50-75 % success rate. If done with appropriate technique infection is an extremely low risk. If the cyst is bothersome the most effective treatment is surgical excision.
Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg
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Dr. Addagada Rao
yes agreed, children need surgery less often than adults
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Leave it alone unless it is causing problems.
4 doctors agree

In brief: May be

Ganglion cyst , will some times disappears but not always, usually require surgical excision.
Treatment with aspiration will not cure, real danger is possibility of infection into wrist joint. Hitting with a book is no no, will cause damage the adjacent structures.

In brief: May be

Ganglion cyst , will some times disappears but not always, usually require surgical excision.
Treatment with aspiration will not cure, real danger is possibility of infection into wrist joint. Hitting with a book is no no, will cause damage the adjacent structures.
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Maybe

Some ganglion cysts can get smaller and resolve on their own.
If their is no pain or severe dysfunction with hand use, one can wait and see.

In brief: Maybe

Some ganglion cysts can get smaller and resolve on their own.
If their is no pain or severe dysfunction with hand use, one can wait and see.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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