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What exams and tests are used to diagnose ganglion cysts?

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A physical exam is often all that is needed to diagnose a ganglion cyst. Your doctor may get further confirmation by using a syringe to draw out some of the fluid in the cyst (needle aspiration) or by using ultrasound. An ultrasound picture is made as sound waves bounce off of different tissues. It can determine whether the bump is fluid-filled (cystic) or if it is solid. Ultrasound can also detect whether there is an artery or blood vessel causing the lump.

Your doctor may send you to a hand surgeon if the bump is large or solid or involves a blood vessel. The surgeon may use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see the wrist -- it's very useful for ganglions. That said, this diagnostic method is costly, so keep that in mind.

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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