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Ganglion Cyst

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on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion Cyst There are no guidelines for preventing this condition. Prevention Pathology Cause: the cause is unknown.
Processes: unknown cause.
Consequences: appearance of a soft bump, usually on the back of the wrist. pain or tenderness at the site of the bump. Ganglion cyst is a tumor or swelling on top of a joint or the covering of a tendon. Ganglion Cyst The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Most ganglion cysts are easily diagnosed based on the location and appearance. The doctor may use a small needle to remove some of the cyst's fluid for testing.

Other tests may include:

X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, especially bones
MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the affected area Diagnosis Some ganglion cysts go away without treatment. If the cyst is very tender or unsightly, you may want treatment. Even with treatment, ganglion cysts often return.

Treatments include:

Home Treatment
Ice
Ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve pain and swelling
Note: Do not attempt to smash the cyst with a heavy object (a traditional home remedy). This is unlikely to get rid of the cyst and more likely to injure you.

Immobilization
You may need to wear a splint on your wrist. Ganglion cysts usually get smaller with less activity and larger with more activity.

Aspiration
A needle is put into the cyst to drain the fluid.

Corticosteroid Injection
A steroid solution is injected into the cyst, which is usually done after the cyst is drained.

Surgery
The cyst can be surgically removed. This is done when they are large and unsightly or painful. Cysts may return even after surgery. Treatment www.doctorsofusc.com/condition/document/98375
www.emedicinehealth.com/ganglion_cyst/page3_em.htm Resources
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