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What is Ganglion Cyst?

Lumps sometimes found in the wrist or along other joints, occurring when joint fluids leak out and form a mass. Ganglions are often caused by repeated mechanical stress or overuse of a specific joint.

Typical Symptoms of Ganglion Cyst

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Smooth, round and movable lump

  • Finger pain

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

  • Joint pain

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Ganglion Cyst

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you have any lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have a movable smooth lump under your skin?

  • Are your fingers hurting?

  • Are your lymph nodes swollen and enlarged?

  • Do you have joint pain?

Treatmentof Ganglion Cyst

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

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References

  • Wang GH, Mao T, Chen YL, Xu C, Xing SG, Ni XJ, Deng AD. An intraneural ganglion cyst of the ulnar nerve at the wrist: a case report and literature review. J Int Med Res. 2021 Jan;49(1):300060520982701. doi: 10.1177/0300060520982701. PMID: 33459091; PMCID: PMC7816534.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0300060520982701

  • Broekx S, Van Der Straeten R, D'Haen B, Vandevenne J, Ernon L, Weyns F. Intraneural ganglion cyst of the common peroneal nerve causing foot drop in a 12-year old child. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2021 Oct;209:106915. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2021.106915. Epub 2021 Aug 28. PMID: 34500339.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0303846721004443?via%3Dihub

  • Mooney ML, Jacobs CA, Prusick VW, Riley SA. Pediatric Ganglion Cyst Recurrence: Location Isn't the Only Risk Factor. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Aug;40(7):340-343. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001517. PMID: 32011550.

    https://journals.lww.com/pedorthopaedics/Abstract/2020/08000/Pediatric_Ganglion_Cyst_Recurrence__Location_Isn_t.15.aspx

  • Velagapudi L, Matias CM, Elia C, Stolzenberg D, Largoza G, Feld R, Curtis M, Harrop JS. Spinal ganglion cyst presenting with radiculopathy: diagnostic challenges and differential. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2021 Jan 19;7(1):6. doi: 10.1038/s41394-020-00373-3. PMID: 33468998; PMCID: PMC7815751.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41394-020-00373-3

  • Vidoni A, Sankara STV, Ramana V, Botchu R. Ganglion cyst arising from the transverse acetabular ligament (TAL): a rare cause of entrapment of the anterior branch of the obturator nerve. Case report and review of the literature. Skeletal Radiol. 2019 Jan;48(1):163-165. doi: 10.1007/s00256-018-2992-7. Epub 2018 Jun 6. PMID: 29876592.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00256-018-2992-7

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

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Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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