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Ganglion Cysts Diagnosis Houston

Have you noticed any lumps or bumps on your hand or wrist? You may have a ganglion cyst. A ganglion cyst is a firm, fluid-filled mass that may appear on the back of the wrist, palm side of the wrist, or at the fingers’ base. These cysts usually come from a nearby joint or around a tendon. Although ganglion cysts are common, they do not spread, do not become cancerous but can often change in size and sometimes disappear by themselves.
A ganglion cyst may be painful, especially when using your wrist and hand. Most often, there is no specific cause; however, ganglion cysts may occur after an injury to the wrist. Your doctor can usually diagnose a cyst by examining your hand. He may order an x-ray to rule out other problems such as arthritis.

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Ganglion Cyst Treatment

Some ganglion cysts will shrink and become painless without treatment. If the cyst becomes unsightly or painful, your doctor may recommend:

  • Extracting fluid from the cyst with a needle followed by an injection of cortisone to relieve the irritation.
  • A pressure dressing worn at all times, except when bathing, for two weeks.
  • A wrist splint worn at all times, except when bathing, for four weeks.

Suppose other treatments do not relieve your symptoms or the cyst returns after conservative treatment. In that case, your doctor may recommend outpatient surgical removal.

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