How do you treat a recurrent ganglion cyst?


  1. Splinting. The area affected by the ganglion cyst is immobilized.
  2. Aspiration. The fluid is drained from the ganglion cyst by using a needle (Picture 2).
  3. Aspiration is not recommended on volar wrist cysts. There is too great a risk for damage to blood vessels and nerves in this area.
  4. Surgical excision.

What causes a volar ganglion cyst?

Volar ganglion cysts commonly occur near the radial artery in the wrist. They may occur after trauma to the wrist causing a small tear in the volar joint capsule. 1 Because of the tear, the joint fluid escapes and the body builds a small shell around the fluid, forming the ganglion cyst.

What is Multiloculated ganglion cyst?

Ganglion cysts are smooth, soft, benign masses that are usually located on the wrist (dorsal or volar aspect) with one or more communicating stalks into the wrist joint or surrounding structures. They can be single or multiloculated and are filled with viscous, sticky, mucinous fluid.

What is a hemorrhagic ganglion cyst?

3. Histologically, the hemorrhagic ganglion cyst is composed of fibrocollagenous tissue containing widespread multi-stage hemorrhage and hemosiderin deposits. The capsule has no synovial lining. Microscopic image of the cyst wall showed fibrous tissue with myxoid degeneration and an increased number of blood vessels.

Should I worry about a ganglion cyst?

Don’t be overly concerned if you’ve been diagnosed with a ganglion cyst. This noncancerous growth develops on your wrist or finger and may look alarming, as it’s filled with a jelly-like fluid. The cyst isn’t threatening to your medical well-being, but can cause pain and affect your hand’s ability to function.

Can you massage a ganglion cyst away?

Can You Massage a Ganglion Cyst Away? Generally, massage will not remove a ganglion cyst. Massaging a ganglion cyst can have some benefits, though — it may cause some of the fluid to seep out of the sac, making the cyst grow smaller.

What happens if a ganglion cyst goes untreated?

Ganglion cyst complications If left untreated, complications can occur. The most common complication is infection. If the cyst fills with bacteria, it will become an abscess that could burst inside the body and lead to blood poisoning.

When should I worry about a ganglion cyst?

Do ganglion cysts show up on MRI?

Sometimes, an MRI is needed to find an occult ganglion cyst or to distinguish the cyst from other types of tumors. MRI can also identify ligament injuries associated with the cyst.

How long do ganglion cysts last?

Depending on the location of the excised ganglion cyst, full recovery can be anywhere from two to eight weeks. Be guided by your doctor or health care professional, but generally it is best to get the joint moving again as soon as possible.

Is heat or ice better for a ganglion cyst?

Be sure to wrap the ice pack in a towel or other cloth so you don’t damage your skin. You can also use a warm compress to reduce pain. The warmth may also benefit you by increasing blood flow and promoting some fluid drainage. If your ganglion cyst has already burst, ice can also help relieve pain at the rupture site.

Can you get rid of a ganglion yourself?

Ganglion cysts may go away on their own as your body absorbs the fluid over time. Up to 58% of cysts resolve themselves in this way. If your cyst persists, is painful or makes it hard to accomplish daily tasks or participate in hobbies you enjoy, you may decide to seek medical treatment.