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Wrist Cysts

A ganglion is a balloon like structure that grows out of a joint, formed by connective tissue.

Ganglion cysts are benign lumps growing typically on the top of the wrist, though they may appear on the underside of the wrist or at the tip or base of a finger.

Although the exact cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, they are more common in people applying frequent pressure to the wrist, such as gymnasts. They are more common in men than in women.

According to our doctors, diagnosis usually involves:

  • Both a physical exam
  • And imaging studies, such as MRIs and X-rays, to rule out other causes of growths in the wrist region.

There are several treatment options for wrist cysts, and most are quite non-invasive:

  • One option is to simply wait and see if the cyst goes away on its own.
  • Your physician may also prescribe a wrist brace to reduce pain and pressure on the affected region.
  • In some cases, draining the fluid from the cyst may help.
  • When these options don’t work, a simple surgical procedure may be performed to removed the ganglion cyst, although it may still reappear in some cases.

If you believe you have wrist cysts and need a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, request and appointment today.