What is Ganglion Cyst?
A Ganglion Cyst is a swelling is a condition where the swelling generally occurs over the back of the hand or wrist. These are filled with fluid capsules and benign. However, ganglion is not cancerous. Although they may grow in size, they won’t spread to other parts of the body.
Ganglion Cyst Facts:
A Ganglion Cyst is a swelling or tumor on top of a joint or the covering of a tendon. It’s appearance is like a sac of liquid (cyst). Inside the cyst is a sticky, thick, colorless, clear, jelly like material. The size of the cyst varies and may feel firm or spongy..
There can be a single large cyst or multiple smaller cyst. Multiple small cysts appear to be more than one cyst but in reality, they are usually connected within under deeper tissues. Cyst like these are not harmful and accounts for about 50 percent of all soft tissue tumors of the hand.
Ganglion Cyst which are more common in women is also known as Bible cysts. About 70% occur in people between the ages of 20-40. Ganglion Cyst rarely, occur in children under the age of 10. Ganglion Cyst most commonly occur on the back of the hand at the wrist joint but they can also develop on the palm side of the wrist.
When the cyst occur on the back of the wrist, they become more prominent when the wrist is flexed forward. Ganglion can also occur in other areas although rare and there are:
Pea-size bumps appearing on the base of the fingers on the palm,
Mucous cyst appearing on the fingertip, just below the cuticle,
Outside of the knee and ankle,
Top of the foot,
What Causes Ganglion Cysts
The cause of ganglion cysts is not known as yet. One theory suggests that trauma causes the tissue of the joint to break down forming small cysts that join into a larger, more obvious mass. A flaw in the joint capsule or tendon sheath that allows the joint tissue to bulge out.is a more likely theory though.
Ganglion Cysts Symptoms
The ganglion cyst usually appears as a bump that changes in size. Usually soft and between 1-3 cm in diameter and is stationary. The swelling may appear over time or suddenly, may reduce in size or even away on its own and return after another time. Most ganglion cysts cause some degree of pain, usually following acute or repetitive trauma, but up to 35% are without symptoms except for appearance.
Usually when pain does come, it will be continuous. It aches and is made worse by joint motions. When the cyst is connected to a tendon, you may feel a sense of weakness in the affected finger.
Ganglion Treatment Options:
Whether you have symptoms or not, your ganglion cyst can benefit from medical evaluation. Your doctor can be sure if you have a ganglion cyst. This keeps you from worrying and help decide on the best treatment plan for you.
Many Ganglion Cysts (38-58%) disappear without any Treatment Ganglion at all. Other treatments include:
- Using a needle to remove the Ganglion Cyst’s contents (aspiration).
- Surgical removal of the Ganglion Cyst is needed when the mass is painful or interferes with function when the dominant hand is involved, or causes numbness or tingling of the hand or fingers.
Our doctor has to examine the condition. Ganglion Treatment can be quite simple as stated above. Our doctor will advise if minor surgery is required when the Ganglion Cyst occurs in your dominant hand, painful and causes tingling or numbness.
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