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GANGLIONS


A ganglion or ganglion cyst is a pouch or balloon of tissue originating from a tendon sheath or joint. It could be considered a balloon like weakness of the structural tissue which later fills with lubricating joint or synovial fluid. Although the lesions are benign they can be painful and problematic to hand function. The most commonly affected sites are the wrists and the palmar surface of the fingers. They are extremely common and constitute the most common diagnosis of a lump in the hand.


Many remedies have been devised for ganglions over the years, however, a simple aspiration or traumatic rupture tend to result in rapid recurrence. Surgical excision is not without risk and can also result in recurrence. However, many people gain significant relief from ganglion excision.


When you attend your consultation with Dr Mackay about a potential ganglion he will ask you about the duration and nature of the symptoms to try and assess how problematic it is for you in your life. A ganglion that is persistent and recurrent, or causing debilitating symptoms is potentially worthy of an excision.


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