What is it?

A ganglion cyst is a noncancerous lump that most commonly forms in joints and tendons of the wrist or hand. They also may occur in the ankles and feet. In most cases, ganglion cysts are round or oval and are filled with a jelly-like fluid.
A ganglion cyst can cause pain if it presses on a nearby nerve. Joint movement can sometimes be impeded by their location.

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Signs & symptoms

A ganglion cyst usually causes no pain, but if it presses on a nerve, it can cause tingling, numbness, or weakness in muscles.


A doctor may apply pressure to the cyst during the physical examination to determine if it is tender or uncomfortable. To determine whether the cyst is solid or fluid-filled, he or she may shine a light through it.


Ganglion cysts are often painless, requiring no treatment. If the cyst causes pain or interferes with joint movement, your doctor may suggest the following:
Aspiration- This procedure involves draining cyst fluid with a needle. It is possible for the cyst to recur.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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