Ganglion Cysts Hand Lumps and Bumps

How to Know If You Have a Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts are lumps in the hand and wrist that are fairly common. They can occur in people of all ages, and the cause is unknown. Sometimes they are painful, but many times they will not affect you. Here’s how to know that you have a ganglion cyst and not a wart or different type of lump:

  • The lump may be filled with clear fluid or gel.
  • The lump will be oval or round in shape.
  • Light is often able to pass through the lump (transillumination).

Your ganglion cyst may change in size over time or even disappear completely. Some are soft and some are firm. To treat a ganglion cyst, sometimes it may be appropriate to simply do nothing. Other times, your surgeon may recommend a splint, medication, aspiration (removing the fluid with a needle), or surgery.

Talk to your hand surgeon about the best treatment option for you. Learn more about ganglion cysts at

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  • fawaz
    October 15, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    my lump is always coming and going and it comes anytime i play lawn tennis for a long time. but my lump isnt really big and soft , it is small and hard

  • Phillipa Lion
    October 1, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    What I see as ganglions on the palm side of my fingers have a blue tinge to them. Is this normal?

  • September 10, 2018 at 2:09 AM

    Good post. Awesome 😉

  • Tiera Williams
    July 25, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    I’ve had this Ganglion cyst in between my wrist for about 2 years now, and just this upcoming 2018 it has been very painful and makes my whole hand feel funny, weak, and where the cyst is located very tender and sore. Any answer to what it could possibly mean at this point?!

  • Robert Muick
    July 5, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Should I get a punch biopsy on lump behind cuticle . lump looks like cyst in picture.

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