Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Feb 06, 2016

Ganglions - Overview

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


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