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Heard you can diagnose ganglion cyst by transillumination with flashlight.?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: One Factor

In diagnosis of ganglions, we often do transilluminate the lesion with a small penlight.
This alone, however, is not diagnostic. We evaluated the nature of the lesion, associated symptoms, its location and its features on clinical examination coupled with necessary imaging and sometimes pathology before making the final call.

In brief: One Factor

In diagnosis of ganglions, we often do transilluminate the lesion with a small penlight.
This alone, however, is not diagnostic. We evaluated the nature of the lesion, associated symptoms, its location and its features on clinical examination coupled with necessary imaging and sometimes pathology before making the final call.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Theoretically

A ganglion is a fluid filled cyst that should transilluminate - if it is large enough and the skin over it is thin enough.
In practice the overlying skin and subcutaneous tissue may be too dark or dense to allow this to happen.

In brief: Theoretically

A ganglion is a fluid filled cyst that should transilluminate - if it is large enough and the skin over it is thin enough.
In practice the overlying skin and subcutaneous tissue may be too dark or dense to allow this to happen.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: If large

Yes if this is large and you have an intense light source.
Turn off the lights and place your light source on the opposite side of the cyst. It may glow as the light shines through it.

In brief: If large

Yes if this is large and you have an intense light source.
Turn off the lights and place your light source on the opposite side of the cyst. It may glow as the light shines through it.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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