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Ganglion Cyst (cont.)

Ganglion Cyst Treatment

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.

  • Aspiration usually includes placing a needle into the cyst, drawing the liquid material out, injecting a steroid compound (which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent).
  • Studies have shown a majority of people are cured after having the fluid drawn out with a needle one time.
  • If you have the fluid drawn out three times, your possibility of being cured is even higher, particularly with a cyst on the back of the hand.
  • If you compare aspiration/injection and surgical removal, in general, cysts return less often after surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2014
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