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 base of the fingers. These cysts usually stem from a nearby joint or tendon. Although ganglion cysts are common, they do not spread and they do not become malignant. But, they can often change in size - growing larger or disappearing completely.
Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst:
- Pain, especially when using the wrist and hand.
Causes of a Ganglion Cyst:
In most cases there is no specific cause for the development of a ganglion cyst, however, they may occur more frequently after an injury to the wrist.
A diagnosis is made upon physical examination of the hand. An X-ray may also be ordered to rule out other problems such as arthritis.
While some ganglion cysts will shrink and become painless without treatment, others become increasingly more painful and unpleasant. In this case, recommended treatment may include:
- Extracting fluid from the cyst with a needle, followed by an injection of cortisone to relieve 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.
If these conservative treatments do not relieve the symptoms or if the cyst returns, surgical removal may be recommended. Dr. Rosen performs a minimally invasive Endoscopic Ganglion Cyst Excision, which is performed as an outpatient procedure.