Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts commonly develop along the tendons or joints of the wrists or hands, as well as the ankles and feet.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of the wrists or hands.

Insight:

  • Ganglion cysts also may occur in the ankles and feet.
  • Ganglion cysts are typically round or oval and are filled with a jellylike fluid.
  • Small ganglion cysts can be pea-sized, whereas larger ones can be around an inch in diameter.
  • Ganglion cysts can be painful if they press on a nearby nerve. Their location can sometimes interfere with joint movement.
  • Symptoms may include swelling or pain.
  • Risk factors may include sex and gender, osteoarthritis history, and history of joint or tendon injury.
  • Diagnosis includes MRI, physical exam, X-ray, as well as aspiration.
  • Treatment may include aspiration, immobilization, and possible surgery.

Sources:

Ganglion cyst - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

ganglionic cyst - Google Search