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.
Fluid filled masses. Ganglion cysts are benign fluid-filled sacs that often arise from joints or tendon sheaths.
Fluid from a joint. 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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What are ganglion cysts and where located?

Wrists, ankles, feet. Ganglions are benign outpouches of joint fluid usually found on the wrists , feet and ankles, where there is a lot of repetitive stress and motion. (they can be found elsewhere also). Hey are usually soft, gelly -like in consistency. When drained, ganglion fluid is a yellow - clear thick liquid that looks like honey. Many other lumps can grow in these regions so get checked out. Read more...
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...

What are ganglion cysts and how are they treated?

Sack of fluid. A ganglion cyst is a sack of fluid, usually from a joint capsule or tendon sheath. These are benign growths that rarely cause pain. Initial treatment is with ice, immobilization and nsaid's. Cysts that are still symptomatic after treatment or those that are very large can be surgically removed. Aspiration or drainage of these cysts is rarely sucessful. See a board certified orthopaedic hand doc. Read more...
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...
Fluid from a joint. 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. Read more...