Ganglion Cysts

Soft, fluid-filled cysts can develop on the front or back of the hand for no apparent reason. These are called ganglion cysts - the most common, benign (non-cancerous), soft-tissue tumor of the hand and wrist.

The following are the most common symptoms for ganglion cysts. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Wrist pain that is aggravated with repeated use or irritation
  • A slow growing, localized swelling, with mild aching and weakness in the wrist
  • An apparent cyst that is smooth, firm, rounded, and/or tender

The symptoms of ganglion cysts may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Initially, when the cyst is small and painless, treatment is usually not necessary. Only when the cyst begins to grow and interferes with the functionality of the hand is treatment usually necessary.

Treatment may include:

  • Rest
  • Splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Aspiration
  • Cortisone injections
  • Surgery 

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