Ganglion Cyst (cont.)
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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.
Media file 2: The jellylike fluid taken from the cyst in image 1. Its presence confirms the diagnosis of a ganglion cyst.
Media file 3: An ultrasound image shows the ganglion cyst (area between markers) from image 1.
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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/8/2017
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