Ganglion cysts are noncancerous bumps, which are usually circular or oval in shape and have a jelly–like fluid inside.
Ganglion cysts typically develop at particular joints. Using the affected joint could intensify any discomfort you already experience and cause more swelling.
Ganglion cysts commonly appear on:
Larger ganglion cysts can be around an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter, but smaller ones can be pea–sized. In cases when they push on a neighboring nerve, ganglion cysts can be unpleasant. Sometimes, their position prevents joints from moving freely.
Your doctor could advise trying to empty the cyst with a needle if your ganglion cyst is uncomfortable. Another approach is to surgically remove the cyst. However, there is no need for treatment if there are no symptoms. The cysts frequently disappear on their own.
The following characteristics apply to lumps connected to ganglion cysts:
If you feel a noticeable lump or pain in your wrist, hand, ankle, or foot, consult a doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.
There are no specific reason why ganglion cysts occur. It appears to develop when the tissue that surrounds a joint or a tendon bulges out of position. It emerges from the lining of a tendon or joint and resembles a miniature water balloon on a stalk. A thick lubricating fluid that resembles the fluid found in joints or surrounding tendons is present inside the cyst.
The following factors may make you more likely to develop ganglion cysts:
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