GANGLION is usually called the cyst which is a fluid filled bumps (usually in the form of the liquid contained in the joint or protein) are most often develops along the muscles or joints of the wrist or hands and feet. The cyst can be either single or multiple cysts. 

Ganglion Cysts can arise suddenly or gradually over time. The cause is not known, but found that the cyst grows from the joints and it seems to occur from the tissue surrounding the joints or muscles that which is out of place. Ganglion cyst can also be caused by trauma, aging process, and it can happen without reasons.

Approximately 15% of cases of ganglion cysts occur in people under 21 years, while 70% occurred in the second and fourth decade of life, with the number of women three times more than men. Not found predilection between right and left hand. It seems that the work does not increase the risk of the ganglion, but some say that the ganglion commonly found at gymnasts, where there is tremendous pressure on the wrist.
Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion Cysts

Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts

In General, Symptoms of ganglion cysts are as follow:

  1. Enlarged bumps near the wrist or finger joints
  2. Fluid (known from touching the lump that feels round, supple, and smooth)
  3. Cyst size depends on the level of joint activity, where the cyst will be greater when moving the affected joints often and much smaller if the joint recess
  4. Usually painless, although in some cases cysts can cause pressure on the nerves in the joints, which can cause pain, weakness, or numbness.
  5. In some cases, the cyst does not cause lumps, (hidden ganglion cysts / occult ganglion, usually causing pain. Confirmation of the diagnosis of this type of ganglion cysts is done by ultrasound or MRI Scan examination.

Treatment for Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are harmless and painless, so it does not require treatment of. In many cases, it is better cysts were observed just prior to determine the procedure of choice, because the ganglion cyst can heal itself. Treatment for ganglion cyst is usually done because of pain or interference with joint movement or for cosmetic problems.

Some Ganglion Cysts treatment options that can be recommended, among other things:

Immobilization

Since the activity of the joint can make ganglion cyst grows larger, the doctor may recommend wearing bandages or bandages to immobilize the wrist area to help the affected areas to rest, so it can help shrink the cyst. When the cysts shrink, it can reduce the pressure on the nerve, which can relieve pain.

Aspiration

In this aspiration, the doctor will drain the fluid from the cyst. After local anesthesia, the doctor will cut the cyst with a needle and taking fluid from the cyst with a syringe. Your doctor may suggest an injection of steroid into the empty cyst after aspiration. After aspiration, as many as 60% of the ganglion cyst can still relapse, and will be repeated aspirations or considered for surgery.

Operation

If you have significant pain or difficulty with movement of the joint, or if other treatments do not work, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove a ganglion cyst.

In most cases, doctors perform surgery on a patient without the need for hospitalization. So that after surgery the patient can go home.

The presence of ganglion cysts can lead to various complications. The main complication is the lack of motion in the affected joints. Additionally, there may be complications after surgery, including risk of infection, post operative limitation of motion, damage nerve fibers or blood vessels. Normally, the risk of this type of procedure is relatively small.

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