Ganglion cyst

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Background

  • Cystic collection of synovial fluid within a joint or tendon sheath
  • ~33% resolve spontaneously
Ganglion cyst

Clinical Features

  • May appear quickly, recede, change in size
  • Most are not painful
  • Interference with function, poor cosmetics, and pain may require routine referral to hand surgeon

Differential Diagnosis

Hand and finger injuries

Evaluation

  • Generally clinical diagnosis
    • Ultrasound may be useful in equivocal cases

Management

  • NSAIDs
  • Refer to hand surgeon for persistent or recurrent pain or cosmetic deformity

Disposition

  • Discharge

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