Ganglion Cyst

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A ganglion cyst is a noncancerous lump that most commonly develops in the wrist or hand. Some occur in the ankles or feet. Dr. Edward Hill discusses ganglion cysts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. Ganglion cysts are typically round or oval and are filled with a jelly-like fluid.

Small ganglion cysts can be pea-sized, while larger ones can be around an inch in diameter. Ganglion cysts usually are painless. However, if a cyst presses on a nerve it can cause pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. The location of a ganglion cyst can sometimes interfere with joint movement.

If you experience a noticeable lump or pain in your wrist, hand, ankle or foot, see your doctor. He or she can make a diagnosis and determine whether you need treatment.

If your ganglion cyst is causing you problems, your doctor may suggest trying to drain the cyst with a needle. Removing the cyst surgically is also an option. But if you have no symptoms, no treatment is necessary. In many cases, the cysts go away on their own.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.