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Ganglion Cyst


A lump on top of a joint on the front or back of the wrist, or at the base of a finger, could be a ganglion cyst. These non-cancerous growths are simply liquid-filled sacs that are more annoying than suspicious. Find out how they’re diagnosed and treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Injury
  • Unknown factors

Signs & Symptoms

  • Lump or swollen spot that feels firm, spongy or jelly like

Tips & Treatment

  • Ganglion cysts are not cancerous.
  • May appear as a single, large cyst or as several smaller ones.
  • Some ganglion cysts shrink or disappear on their own.
  • Women and men ages 20-40 are most susceptible to developing ganglion cysts, although the condition is more common in women.
  • Consult an orthopedic hand specialist about possible surgical removal.

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