Ganglion Cyst Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 24. April 2017 10:23

A Ganglion Cyst is a fluid filled sac that looks like a tumor above the wrist. The cyst may appear, disappear or quickly change its shape and size. In some cases the lump may become painful and interfere with the functioning of wrist joint. They can be formed in either side of wrist or at the base of the fingers.


  • Arthritis
  • Gymnasts who continuously put pressure on their wrists
  • Females between the age group of 40 -80
  • Trauma that causes tissue in the wrist to breakdown


  • Swelling that may appear over time or suddenly
  • Acute pain
  • Sense on weakness in the affected area
  • Tingling sensation


  • The doctor may physically examine the condition by applying pressure on the lump. This is done to evaluate the tenderness of the outgrowth. Some questions regarding the onset of the ganglion may also be asked to the patient. If the patient has been experiencing pain, he may suggest X-ray and a MRI Scan.
  • An X-ray may be carried out in order to rule out the probability of other conditions such as, bone tumor and Arthritis. An MRI may be conducted to visualize the fluid filled ganglion and the surrounding tissues.


Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Observation – Since the outgrowth is not cancerous, the doctor may ask the patient to wait for some time and see if there is reduction in pain and tumor’s appearance.
  • Immobilization - The doctor may advise the patients to wear splint or a wrist brace to limit the motion. This is suggested because excessive movement may aggravate the symptoms and cause the lump to grow, leading to more pressure over the nerves.
  • Aspiration – In case Ganglion Cyst causes immense pain in the wrist, the fluid may be drained off.  The doctor may puncture the cyst with a needle and withdraw the fluid.

Surgical Treatment –

The orthopedic surgeon may recommend a surgery if the non- surgical procedure doesn’t prove to be effective. He may perform an excision surgery to get rid of the cyst. The procedure involves removal of the lump along with joint capsule or tendon sheath that serves as the root of the ganglion. It is an outpatient surgery and the patient can return to home the same day. Some exercises may also be suggested to the patients in order to regain wrist’s mobility.

For more information regarding Ganglion Wrist’s treatment, contact Dr. Charles Neagle III. He is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon and is known for providing excellent treatment for hand, elbow and wrist related disorders. To request an appointment, call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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