Ganglion cysts are small, noncancerous, fluid-filled lumps just below the skin. They most commonly develop along the tendons or joints on top of the wrist, the palm side of the wrist, the base of the finger on the palm side of the hand, and the top of the end joint of the finger. They may also occur in the ankles and feet.
Ganglion cysts are some of the most common benign (noncancerous) masses that develop in the body’s soft tissues. They can be painful, especially when they first appear or with constant or strenuous use of the hand. Ganglion cysts may change in size and may disappear completely.
Ganglion cysts are most common in people 15 to 40 years old, especially girls and women. But people of any age can have a ganglion cyst. Some ganglion cysts are associated with arthritis.
The most common symptoms for ganglion cysts include:
- Wrist pain that gets worse with repeated use or irritation.
- A slow growing, localized swelling, with mild aching and weakness in the wrist.
- An apparent cyst that is smooth, firm, rounded, or tender.
The symptoms of ganglion cysts may look like other health conditions or problems, so its important to see a doctor for diagnosis.