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Why don't I see a bump if I have a ganglion cyst?

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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree

In brief: It may be very small

A ganglion cyst is a common benign condition usually associated with some weakness of the deep tissues surrounding a joint or tendon sheath allowing the synovial fluid to escape into a small sac or cyst.
It only needs treatment if painful or bothersome, so don't worry!

In brief: It may be very small

A ganglion cyst is a common benign condition usually associated with some weakness of the deep tissues surrounding a joint or tendon sheath allowing the synovial fluid to escape into a small sac or cyst.
It only needs treatment if painful or bothersome, so don't worry!
Dr. David Levens
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Otto Placik
Sometimes they resolve on their own or may vary in size.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Too small and deep

If not painful or tender or unsightly may be left alone.

In brief: Too small and deep

If not painful or tender or unsightly may be left alone.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Surgery - Hand Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: May be deep

Some ganglions are very small, 1-2 millimeters, and are right next to the joint.
In the wrist they may be under the tendons, and just can't be felt. We call these occult ganglion cysts.

In brief: May be deep

Some ganglions are very small, 1-2 millimeters, and are right next to the joint.
In the wrist they may be under the tendons, and just can't be felt. We call these occult ganglion cysts.
Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Dr. Alan Chen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Comes and goes

Some ganglion cyst (smaller ones) will come and go depending on the amount of inflammation/stress of the joint from which the ganglion originates.

In brief: Comes and goes

Some ganglion cyst (smaller ones) will come and go depending on the amount of inflammation/stress of the joint from which the ganglion originates.
Dr. Alan Chen
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