Category : Ganglion Cysts

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 www.HandCare.org.

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5 treatment options for a Ganglion Cyst

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A ganglion cyst is a lump in the hand or wrist that is not uncommon. The cysts can vary in size or even disappear completely, and they may or may not be painful. Usually, they are round-shaped and can be firm, and it may be painful to put pressure on the bump. Treatment for ganglion cysts depends on the location of the cyst and your personal situation. Here are some options your hand surgeon may recommend:

  1. Observation: Sometimes, doing nothing is the best option, as the cyst may go away.
  2. Splints: Material used to support the area.
  3. Anti-inflammatory medication: This may decrease pain during your daily activities. It can be used along with a splint.
  4. Aspiration: Using a needle to remove fluid from the cyst.
  5. Surgery: Completely removing the cyst.

Consult your doctor about the best treatment option for you. Learn more about ganglion cysts and find a hand surgeon at www.HandCare.org.

 

 

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Ask a Doctor: Ganglion Cysts

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Dr. Khurram Pervaiz answers your questions about ganglion cysts.

My doctor told me I have a “ganglion cyst.” What is that?

A ganglion “cyst” is a benign (not cancer) mass that can occur in the hand or wrist. The cyst is composed of a sac filled with fluid.

What causes a ganglion cyst?

No one knows exactly why this happens, but a defect in the joint capsule causes fluid to leak out into the soft tissues and cause the cyst.

What are some of the symptoms of a ganglion cyst?

Ganglion cysts can happen in different parts of the hand and wrist. They most commonly appear on the “back” of the wrist. They may also affect the palm side of the wrist, hand or fingers. They sometimes are attached to a finger tendon. A ganglion cyst can change in size. Some hurt, and others do not.

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Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Ganglion Cysts

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.

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