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Ganglion Cyst (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent Ganglion Cysts?

Because the cause of a ganglion cyst is not known, it is difficult to tell how to prevent them. Early evaluation and treatment are recommended. Because some cysts may be triggered to form after trauma or overuse of a joint, avoiding these situations may reduce the risk of cyst formation.

What Is the Prognosis of a Ganglion Cyst?

Because this is a harmless tumor that can go away on its own, or after a simple needle aspiration or minor surgery, chances are good that you will have a full recovery. Because ganglion cysts may come back after any of these treatments, however, a single treatment may not be enough.

Pictures of Ganglion Cysts

Media file 1: A traumatic ganglion cyst. This person came to the emergency department with a painful bump after the wrist was hit by a car door.
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Media file 2: The jellylike fluid taken from the cyst in image 1. Its presence confirms the diagnosis of a ganglion cyst.
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Media file 3: An ultrasound image shows the ganglion cyst (area between markers) from image 1.
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Media file 4: A ganglion cyst that has been operated on in the past. This ganglion returned because this person plays the cymbals in her school band.
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REFERENCES:

Edwards, Scott G., and John A. Johansen. "Prospective Outcomes and Associations of Wrist Ganglion Cysts Resected Arthroscopically." Journal of Hand Surgery 34.3 March 2009: 395-400.

Lin, Che-Sheng, Tyng-Guey Wang, Jeng-Yi Shieh, and Wen-Shiang Chen. "Accuracy of Sonography in the Diagnosis of Superficial Ganglion Cyst and Lipoma." J Med Ultrasound 17.2 (2009): 107–113.

Genova, R. "Ganglion Cyst." Medscape.com. Aug. 17, 2015. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1243454-overview>.

Wong, Andrew S., Peter J.L. Jebson, Peter M. Murray, and Stephen D. Trigg. "The Use of Routine Wrist Radiography Is Not Useful in the Evaluation of Patients with a Ganglion Cyst of the Wrist." Hand 2.3 Sept. 2007: 117–119.


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