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Ganglion Cyst

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is an abnormal buildup of fluid under the skin. They are most common on the wrists, feet, or ankles, but can be found anywhere on the body. The cause is not known. You may have a higher risk for a ganglion cyst if you injure your joint.

Ganglion Cyst

What are the signs and symptoms of a ganglion cyst?

How is a ganglion cyst diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine the cyst and ask how long you have had it. The provider will move your joint around to feel the cyst and see if it moves. Tell the provider if the cyst keeps you from doing your daily activities. You may need any of the following:

How is a ganglion cyst treated?

A ganglion cyst will usually go away on its own. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage a ganglion cyst?

When should I call my doctor or orthopedist?

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