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A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled sac that often develops near a joint or tendon. Ganglion cysts often develop on the hand or wrist. The cyst may change in size and sometimes will go away on its own. The cause is unknown.
A ganglion cyst is diagnosed by examination. Sometimes your surgeon will order an x-ray or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to get a closer look at the area.
If the ganglion cyst isn’t too large and isn’t causing any pain, tenderness or trouble with movement, it may be left alone and watched.
If you choose to treat the ganglion cyst:
After the surgery:
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