Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jelly-like fluid. The fluid will range in colour from crystal clear to a golden honey-like colour. The fluid originates from the tendon sheath or the joint capsule whichever the ganglion is attached to. Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. Although they most often occur on the wrist, they also frequently develop on the top of the foot. Ganglions vary in size, and in rare situations can resolve on their own.(Less than 5% will resolve spontaneously)

Although the exact cause of ganglion cysts is not known, some have speculated that they may arise from trauma – whether from a single event or from repetitive trauma. Others have postulated that it is a defect in the synovial lining of the joint capsule or tendon sheath which allows the tissue to herniate or bulge out. (It is probably a combination of both!)

Treatment can be frustrating due to the high recurrence rates. Generally treatment is divided into non-surgical (shoe modification, aspiration with cortisone injection, or simple monitoring without intervention) and surgical (surgical removal of the ganglion which has the lowest recurrence rate….approximately 10% of excised lesions will reoccur)

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