ganglion cyst


Cystic swellings under the skin, generally in the wrist or the upper surface of the foot; a ganglion develops when a jelly-like substance accumulates in one of two places — a joint capsule or a tendon sheath — and causes it to balloon out; usually painless and harmless, it can be surgically treated by draining it with a needle, applying pressure after puncturing it, or surgically removing it.

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What You Need to Know About Ganglion Cysts

March 1, 2008

There’s no proof that repetitive stress on the hands and wrists are the cause of ganglion cysts — benign, fluid-filled lumps — in those areas. But given the number of nail techs who develop them, the connection seems likely.

Ganglion Cysts: Knots of Tissue That Cramp Your Style

November 1, 2001

Researchers have not definitively proven that repetitive stress causes ganglion cysts — fibrous lumps that often form on the hand or wrist. But judging by the number of nail techs who get them, it seems likely there’s a connection. The good news is there are many effective treatment options.

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