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I'm told I have a ganglion cyst but I don't see a bump, could it be something else?

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Dr. Joseph Perlman
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You could have a bone cyst or you could have tendinitis occurring.
Usually , a ganglion cyst will be palpable through the skin , and if you hold a small penlight to it, it will trans-iluminate. Some physicians will try to aspirate the gel like fluid from the cyst and then inject a small amount of steroid solution to try to shrink it. A more definitive exam would be an mri, but these are rather costly.

In brief: Yes

You could have a bone cyst or you could have tendinitis occurring.
Usually , a ganglion cyst will be palpable through the skin , and if you hold a small penlight to it, it will trans-iluminate. Some physicians will try to aspirate the gel like fluid from the cyst and then inject a small amount of steroid solution to try to shrink it. A more definitive exam would be an mri, but these are rather costly.
Dr. Joseph Perlman
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on

How it was diagnosed.

In brief: Depends on

How it was diagnosed.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Steven Beldner
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, it can be something else but an MRI is usually very good at picking up cysts that can not be seen.
A cyst does not always cause symtoms. That is why you need a good clinician.

In brief: Yes

Yes, it can be something else but an MRI is usually very good at picking up cysts that can not be seen.
A cyst does not always cause symtoms. That is why you need a good clinician.
Dr. Steven Beldner
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Imaging?

Ganglion cysts occur on a variety of locations and the diagnosis will depend on findings and may be supported by imaging studies.

In brief: Imaging?

Ganglion cysts occur on a variety of locations and the diagnosis will depend on findings and may be supported by imaging studies.
Dr. Otto Placik
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Ganglion cysts can sometimes disappear spontaneously.
If you were told that you had a ganglion cyst, a lump must have been present at some time--that is the only way a ganglion cyst can be diagnosed.

In brief: Yes

Ganglion cysts can sometimes disappear spontaneously.
If you were told that you had a ganglion cyst, a lump must have been present at some time--that is the only way a ganglion cyst can be diagnosed.
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Dr. Martin Wertkin
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Dr. Shareef Jandali
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Could be

Antonia, not all ganglion cysts are visible on physical exam - some have to be diagnosed by mri.
A hand surgeon should be able to give you a better idea of what you have and sometimes the only way to know for sure is to surgically excise the mass.

In brief: Could be

Antonia, not all ganglion cysts are visible on physical exam - some have to be diagnosed by mri.
A hand surgeon should be able to give you a better idea of what you have and sometimes the only way to know for sure is to surgically excise the mass.
Dr. Shareef Jandali
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Dr. Robert W. Alexander
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Most likely the ganglion cyst (which is associated with the synovial shealth) is felt by the doctor. They can change position and size slightly, which will permit it to be also visually noted.
Usually are treated if they become large or symptomatic.

In brief: Yes

Most likely the ganglion cyst (which is associated with the synovial shealth) is felt by the doctor. They can change position and size slightly, which will permit it to be also visually noted.
Usually are treated if they become large or symptomatic.
Dr. Robert W. Alexander
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Dr. Lawrence Ruf
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Can be confused with radial artery anuerysm, tendon thickening, solid tumor of tendon, ligament, fat, inflamed joint tissue, or a bone prominence.
Any surgeon familiar with the anatomy of the hand & wrist should be able to distinguish these , one from the others.

In brief: Yes

Can be confused with radial artery anuerysm, tendon thickening, solid tumor of tendon, ligament, fat, inflamed joint tissue, or a bone prominence.
Any surgeon familiar with the anatomy of the hand & wrist should be able to distinguish these , one from the others.
Dr. Lawrence Ruf
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Dr. Lawrence Ruf
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

If the problem is located at the wrist, comes & goes, & involves little or no pain, but enlarges or shrinks depending on the use of the hand, it is probably a ganglion cyst.
These cysts develop when a tear occurs in the small joint ligaments/capsule &joint lubricant leaks. Treatment involves a brief operation to remove the cyst, & repair the joint capsule.Can be confused with radial artery anuerysm.

In brief: Yes

If the problem is located at the wrist, comes & goes, & involves little or no pain, but enlarges or shrinks depending on the use of the hand, it is probably a ganglion cyst.
These cysts develop when a tear occurs in the small joint ligaments/capsule &joint lubricant leaks. Treatment involves a brief operation to remove the cyst, & repair the joint capsule.Can be confused with radial artery anuerysm.
Dr. Lawrence Ruf
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Dr. Alan Chen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Many things can resemble a ganglion cyst.
It's not uncommon for a surgeon to go operate on a "ganglion cyst" and found something entirely different.

In brief: Yes

Many things can resemble a ganglion cyst.
It's not uncommon for a surgeon to go operate on a "ganglion cyst" and found something entirely different.
Dr. Alan Chen
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