• What is ganglion cyst?

    Ganglion cysts are the most common mass or lump in the hand. They are not cancerous and, in most cases, are harmless. They occur in various locations, but most frequently develop on the back of the wrist. These fluid-filled cysts can quickly appear, disappear, and change size. Many ganglion cysts do not require treatment. However, if the cyst is painful, interferes with function, or has an unacceptable appearance, there are several treatment options available.

    What are the symptoms of a ganglion?

    The main symptom is one of swelling. Ganglions usually are very smooth and round. Their size can vary from being very small to being larger. They can sometimes be painful, particularly if they lie next to a nerve. Usually no tests are required, and your doctor can tell if the lump is a ganglion just by examining you.

    What is the treatment for ganglion cyst?

    If a ganglion does not cause symptoms it is best just to leave it alone. However, many people prefer to be rid of them, especially if they are causing pain or discomfort. In some cases it is possible to aspirate the fluid with a needle and syringe. If the jelly-like fluid is very thick this may not work. Surgical removal of the ganglion is the most successful cure. This is the treatment that is most likely to be permanent. However, in some cases after a ganglion is removed, one recurs again at the same site.

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