What does a ganglion cyst on my wrist mean?

Joint fluid hernia.. Ganglion cysts are filled with joint fluid, usually from one of the wrist joints, that has been expressed from the joint to form a cyst under the skin. They are usually associated with a weak area of the joint capsule. They can be removed if symptomatic, but have a tendency to recur even after complete removal. Also, there may still be pain after removal of the cyst. See a hand surgeon.
A Bible Bump. A ganglion cyst, is a swelling that often appears on or around joints and tendons in the hand or foot. The size of the ganglion or cyst can vary over time. It is most frequently located around the back of the wrist and on the fingers. The term "bible bump" comes from a common treatment in the past that consisted of hitting the cyst with a bible or another large book. This may make it worse.
Outpouching of wrist. A ganglion cyst is an outpouching or the wrist lining that occurs through a defect in the wrist capsule. It is analogous but not identical to a hernia. It tends to be filled with a thick joint like fluid. Treatment varies from trauma (no kidding - slamming a bible), aspiration, injection, and surgery. Surgery may involve repair of the capsule or resection of protruding bone spurs.
Outpouching of joint. A ganglion cyst is an outpouching of the joint capsule with synovium fluid inside. Usually secondary to a weakness in the joint capsule (either congenital or acquired). The may be painful or painless. Some people will want them excised due to cosmetic disfigurement or pain.

Related Questions

I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist and it recently grew. Is there any chance it will get smaller on its own, or do they always get bigger over time?

Wait and watch. Ganglion cysts are common, often grow slowly or may remain unchanged in size for months. Not likely to get smaller on its own. You should get it checked by a good surgeon once yearly unless it is causing you pain or discomfort. It is easy to remove it, if you have any symptoms. Tell us where exactly it is located(front or back of the wrist) and for how long has it been there? Read more...

Hello I was wondering I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist is it from me having lupus?

No. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder with many variations of presentation, but wrist ganglion is not one of them. Ganglions are out-pouching or herniation of a weakened portion of a joint capsule or tendon sheath. These are benign and should only be excised if they are symptomatic. Read more...

I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist! It burst but might be coming back, do you think it would?

Yes. If it is in fact a ganglion cyst, which arises from a joint, most often the wrist, it may rupture or be drained, but they usually eventually return. The most effective way to permanently get rid of it is with a minor surgical procedure to excise it down at its origin near the joint space. Read more...
Yes. It is not unusual for a ruptured ganglion to return. If it continues to bother you it is time to see your doc. Read more...

I've ganglion cyst on my wrist that won't go away since high school and I'm turning 30. Should I be worried?

Excision. Excision is usually curative other option is aspiration but reoccurrence is a problem. If it is not bothering you then you don't need any treatment. Read more...
Ganglion cyst. No worry. This is not serious. There are ways of helping this. You can drain the cyst and inject it with steroids. Or a little known treatment is that you (your doctor) can place a large silk suture into the cyst and leave it in for 2 days and remove. The silk causes a reaction which in turns scars down the cyst. If nothing helps a hand surgeon can remove it. Or. You can leave it. Read more...

I popped my large ganglion cyst on my wrist yesterday by bashing it with a book but there is still a lump on my wrist what could this be?

Won't work. bashing it with a book won't get all of it. If it is bothering you (since these are benign lesions, some leave them alone), you either have to have it surgically removed or injected with steroid. Read more...

I've this ganglion cyst on my wrist it is extremely painful and sometimes I feel like its disrupting the blood flow do I need to be afraid?!

No. Ganglions are fluid filled cysts connected to joints. They can vary in size and generally are not painful. However when they are compressed by forceful wrist motion they can be quite painful, and may even press enough that you feel like the whole wrist is swollen. As long as your hand remains pink, the circulation is ok. Sounds like the cyst may need to come out. See your doctor. Read more...
No. When large groups of people with ganglions have been followed for long periods of time about 50% of the cysts disappear even without surgery. Read more...
No. Ganglions do not invade blood supply. They can increase in size and apply pressure to adjacent structures, hence pain and/or tinglin if pressure is applied to a nerve. If function is severely affected in your estimation then have it surgically excised. Read more...