What is a wrist ganglion?
Ganglion cysts are small, fluid-filled bumps that are seen most frequently along the tendons or joints of the wrist, although they can develop elsewhere. They are most often seen in women between the ages of 20 and 40.
What do wrist ganglion cysts feel like?
These hard lumps can be painless; however, if they press on a nerve, they can cause pain, numbness, and tingling.
Are they dangerous?
Wrist ganglion cysts are noncancerous (benign). However, if they press against a joint, they can become painful and possibly interfere with joint movement.
What causes wrist ganglion cysts?
The most common causes for this type of mass involve an injury to a joint or tendon, arthritis or other joint inflammation. The condition can also be caused by an abnormality in the sheath of a tendon that results in overproduction of fluid below the skin.
How is diagnosed?
Our board-certified doctor will do a thorough examination to rule out similar conditions. The most effective way to diagnose wrist ganglion is through imaging and lab tests.
What is the best treatment for wrist ganglion?
Most ganglion cysts resolve on their own in months or years without intervention. However, if a cyst is pressing on a nerve or causing embarrassment, it might require treatment. This can include immobilization, aspiration of the fluid, or surgical removal (ganglionectomy).
If you are concerned about wrist ganglion, call Orthopedic Specialists to schedule a consultation today. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all hand conditions.