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Ganglion Cyst

What is a Ganglion Cyst of the Hand or Wrist?

A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can appear within the joints of the wrist or in the palm of the hand.  The cysts tend to appear around the ligaments and tendons as well as the back of the wrist. The cause of cysts is typically unknown but appear to affect women more than men.  In many cases, the cysts do not require treatment unless they are causing pain as they are otherwise harmless.

How are Ganglion Cysts of the Hand or Wrist Treated at OSS Health?

If the cyst is causing pain or weakness in the hand or wrist, your OSS Health Specialist may recommend an in-office procedure known as an aspiration or another procedure to remove the cyst, known as an excision.  

During an aspiration, a small needle is used to drain the fluid from within the cyst. 

During an excision, a small incision is made near the cyst and it is removed as well as any part of the tendon to which the cyst is attached.

Disclaimer: If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.

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