What is a Ganglion Cyst?

Non-cancerous sacs known as Ganglion cysts can develop around any joint in the body, but most commonly appear on the wrist. Ganglion cysts will grow on or around a joint, appear round in shape and consist of a jellylike fluid.

Ganglion Cysts size can range from pea-sized to about an inch across. Not all ganglion cysts cause pain or even show any symptoms, but they may cause pain if the cyst grows large enough, interferes with the joint motion, or presses against a nerve.

Physicians may suggest using a needle to drain the cyst fluid in order to relieve pressure from a problematic ganglion cyst. If the painful cyst continues to return, physicians may then progress to surgical removal. If the ganglion cyst does not cause pain, patients may simply live with them, as they do not pose any risks and may end up shrinking on their own.