Ganglion cysts are the most common mass or lump in the hand. They are not cancerous lumps or they do not become cancerous.
A lump that appears and reduces on the hand or wrist can be a frightening experience but many times they are harmless "Ganglion Cysts" that will often disappear in time.•
Ganglions are benign cysts filled with fluid that arise from the ligaments, joint linings, or tendon sheaths as a direct effect of irritation or inflammation.
They generally disappear or change size quickly.•
They are most common at the back of the wrist.
The wrist ganglion looks like a type of lump, which grows out of a joint.
- It is like a balloon on a stalk that arises out of the connective tissues between bones and muscles.
- It is filled with a thick oily liquid.
- It may be soft or hard, may or may not be painful.
- It may get bigger or smaller on their own.
- The size of the lump is related to the activity of the hand. the more the activity, the larger the lump and if given rest the lump tends to disappear.
It may also be referred to as:
- Mucous cyst
- Mucinous cyst
- Synovial cyst