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August 27, 2007

Ganglion Cyst

After eight years of injury-free practice, I may developing a ganglion cyst on the back of my right hand. Though the cause of these cysts is unknown, I suspect trauma or repeated strain because of my work is probably the culprit.

The cyst at this stage is tiny by comparison to some pictures I've seen. It is barely the size of a pea, hard, and exists on the proximal end of metacarpal of the index finger. This is the most common location of the cyst. Pain in my wrist is caused mostly by downward pressure with the flattened palm of my hand. Manipulating the cyst and rolling the wrist simultaneously causes some discomfort followed by temporary relief.

It is likely that the cyst will go away on its own. If it does not, I have several treatment options. Needle aspiration, steroid injection, or possibly surgery would yield a good prognosis. However, there is always a possibility that the cyst could come back. For now I will ignore it and hope that I am the 37-58% of people whose cysts just simply go away.

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Posted by linda at August 27, 2007 7:22 AM

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