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.
- 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.