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What are the symptoms and characteristics of ganglion cysts?

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The ganglion cyst usually appears as a bump (mass) that changes size. It is usually soft, anywhere from 1-3 cm in diameter, and doesn't move.

The swelling may appear over time or appear suddenly, may get smaller in size, and may even go away, only to come back at another time.

Most ganglion cysts cause some degree of pain, usually following acute or repetitive trauma, but up to 35% are without symptoms except for appearance. If pain is present, it is usually chronic and made worse by joint motion. When the cyst is connected to a tendon, you may feel a sense of weakness in the affected finger.

From: Ganglion Cyst WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Elisa Aumont, MD, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Verena Valley, MD, director of ultrasound, associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Ron Fuerst, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina College of Medicine, and director, Children's Emergency Center, Children's Hospital of Richland Memorial Hospital.  




Gude, W. ,  December 2008. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med

Ganglion Cyst from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

Author: Elisa Aumont, MD, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Verena Valley, MD, director of ultrasound, associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Ron Fuerst, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina College of Medicine, and director, Children's Emergency Center, Children's Hospital of Richland Memorial Hospital.  




Gude, W. ,  December 2008. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med

Ganglion Cyst from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

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