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Ganglion cysts most commonly occur on the back of the hand at the wrist joint, but they can also develop on the palm side of the wrist. When found on the back of the wrist, they become more prominent when the wrist is flexed forward. Other sites, although less common, include these:

  • The base of the fingers on the palm, where they appear as small pea-sized bumps
  • The fingertip, just below the cuticle, where they are called mucous cysts
  • The outside of the knee and ankle
  • The top of the foot

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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