The following describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of ganglion cysts. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What are ganglion cysts?
Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled lumps that form in the tissue around joints or tendons in the ankle or wrist. They are usually painless but cause discomfort in some cases. Ganglion cysts are not cancerous and will often go away on their own over time.
What causes ganglion cysts?
The causes of ganglion cysts are not clear. Some studies indicate that they may be the result of injury or trauma to the joint.
What are the symptoms of ganglion cysts?
Common symptoms of ganglion cysts include:
- A raised lump on the skin
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area
How are ganglion cysts diagnosed?
Your Hurley physician will conduct a complete physical exam and may order x-rays or ultrasounds to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible injuries.
How are ganglion cysts treated?
Observation is often the first course of treatment as ganglion cysts frequently go away on their own. If not, your physician may remove the fluid from the cyst using a syringe. Cortisone injections are also commonly used to treat ganglion cysts.
In some cases, ganglion cysts may require surgery to ease the pain and restore full functionality of the affected foot or wrist. You and your physician can decide the best course of treatment for you.