wrist ganglion cyst

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A benign tenosynovitis cyst formed by a concentration of synovial fluid just below the skin, usually just forward of the wrist crease on the top of the hand. It is most often caused by repetitive pressure (e.g. from rowing or gymnastics exercises) irritating one of the tendons that run along the top of the wrist. Asymptomatic ganglia are usually left, but those which are painful during activity may be treated with heat, ice, compression, and elevation (see RICE). Splinting may be prescribed to avoid worsening the condition. A persistent wrist ganglion may be drained. If recurrent, surgery may be necessary Anyone with persistent wrist pain should consult a doctor.

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