Ganglion Cysts and Tumors

Are You Concerned About a Cyst on Your Hand?

A lump or cyst on your hands, wrists, or fingers should always be checked by a qualified medical professional. Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous masses that develop above the joints and tendons of the hand, wrist, or fingers. Generally they are harmless. However, they can be unsightly and, depending on their location, interfere with your ability to use your hand or fingers.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst?

The cause of ganglion cysts is, for the most part, unknown. However, fluid leaks from the joint or tendon and the body forms a wall around the fluid forming a cyst. People who have arthritis in their fingers may also be more likely to develop ganglion cysts in the joints of their fingers.

Symptoms of ganglion cysts may include:

  • A lump above a joint in the wrists, hands, or fingers.
  • Numbness or tingling through the hands or fingers, if the cyst compresses a nerve.
  • Occasional tenderness, discomfort, or pain.

How Are Ganglion Cysts Diagnosed and Treated?

Ganglion cysts are usually diagnosed after examining the mass itself. Occasionally, imaging tests are performed to rule out other conditions. Ganglion cysts are benign and may disappear on their own in time. Your doctor may recommend simply monitoring the cyst, particularly if it is not affecting the use of your hand or fingers. If the cyst is painful or otherwise limits your hand’s function, your doctor may drain fluid from the cyst. If the cyst returns, ganglion cyst surgery may be the best solution.

MHS Hand Surgeons Provide Expert Diagnosis and Specialized Treatment

While ganglion cysts are usually harmless, it’s important to properly examine and accurately diagnose any unexplained lump or growth you notice on your body. Some ganglion cysts are not only unsightly, they can impair your hand’s function. If you have a lump or growth that has recently appeared along your hand, wrist, or finger, call us today. We will rule out any other possible conditions, answer your questions, and recommend the best ganglion cyst treatment plan for you.

MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading-edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.