Ganglions - Causes

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

The exact cause as to why ganglions occur is still not known. The origin and how it occurs can be explained as-

  • A special viscous liquid is sealed in a small compartment and lubricates the joints and tendons.
  • Sometimes, for no known reason or due to arthritis or an injury, the compartment might leak this liquid.
  • The liquid is viscous and thick, like honey, and the leaking hole is usually too small. Once it leaks it doesn't go back on its own.
  •  This works almost like a one-way valve, filling up like a little balloon next to the area of the leak.
  • When the hands are used for normal activities, the joints squeeze and create a tremendous pressure in the lubricating compartment, which can cause enough pressure in the leaking cyst and can feel as hard as a bone.
  • This lubricating liquid has special proteins, which makes it thick, and also makes it hard for the body to absorb it when it leaks out.

References:

  1. Bailey & Love's Short Practise Of Surgery- 21st ELBS Edition Revised By Charles V. Mann & R.C.G.Russe
  2. Manipal Manual Of Surgery-Millennium, CBS, Edition K.Rajgopal Shenoy

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