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What Is the Treatment for a Ganglion Cyst?
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Many ganglion cysts can disappear without any treatment at all.
Various treatments have been proposed over the years. Some include observation of cysts without symptoms, using a needle to remove the cyst's contents (aspiration), or surgery.
Other therapy has been attempted (corticosteroids, manual compression, electroacupuncture, for example), but one should discuss such treatments with a doctor before being attempted, since the outcomes vary.
What Are Home Remedies for Ganglion Cysts?
In the past, home care has included topical plaster, heat, ice packs, and various poultices. It even extended to use of a heavy book to physically smash the cyst (sometimes this is called "Bible therapy" or cyst popping). These forms of treatment are no longer suggested, however, because they have not been shown to keep the ganglion cysts from returning and could, in fact, cause further injury.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2016
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