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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is ganglion cyst?

Lumps that are sometimes found in the wrist or along other joints. These happen when joint fluids seep out and form a mass. Ganglions are often caused by repeated mechanical stress or overuse of a particular joint.

Symptoms of ganglion cyst

  • Smooth, round and movable lump

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Joint pain

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Finger pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for ganglion cyst

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose ganglion cyst

  • Do you feel a smooth lump under your skin which can be moved around?

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have any joint pain?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Do you have finger pain?

Treatment for ganglion cyst

These can be left alone. However if they are bothersome, options for treatment include draining with a needle or surgery. The condition may come back even after draining.

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