Ganglion cysts are lumps in the hand and wrist that are very common. Watch the latest ganglion cyst video from The Hand Society to see what a cyst looks like and how it can be treated. For more videos, visit www.handcare.org.
Ganglion cysts tend to appear at the top of the wrist, under the wrist, near the bottom of your finger on the palm, and on the top of the end joint of your finger.
The lumps may or may not be painful. The cyst is often filled with clear fluid. The lumps are typically round and can be either soft or very firm.
Some treatment options for ganglion cysts include:
- Observation: In many cases, ganglion cysts will simply disappear, especially if they are painless.
- Splints and anti-inflammatory medication: These can be used to decrease pain during activity.
- Aspiration: This procedure removes the fluid from the cyst with a needle. It is not a surgical procedure.
- Surgery: During surgery, the cyst will be removed.
Find a hand surgeon to discuss the best treatment for you.