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Growth of knuckle of right hand. What might this be ?

My daughter, 18 years old, has a growth under the skin on her right hand knuckle . It looks like a cyst and has grown and is getting painful. It does not look like a wart. What might this be ? You can see it best when she makes a fist.
Asked On : Thu, 24 Mar 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hello, welcome to HCM. It could be a psebacious cyst. You need to consult a surgeon for proper evaluaion as it can be confirmed only by examining it. Just take care she doesnt develop fever till than, in case she does it means that it has been infected and she would need immediate medical help. Wish you good health.
Answered: Wed, 31 Aug 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
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This could be a swelling of the structures near her knuckle like skin, fat, nerves, tendon, bone. Nothing can be said from just history but a Doctor needs to examine her to make the final diagnosis. Does she have such swelling anywhere else in the body. How long since you noticed it there. Since it is painful, even more reason to consult a Surgeon and get it looked at. Avoid prodding or touching it at all costs.
Answered: Sat, 20 Aug 2011
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Probably a sebaceous/ganglion cyst (put simply, a clogged sweat gland that forms a sack of fluid that eventually hardens). My doctor said they're pretty common in the hands and wrist. I had a pretty embarrassing one on the underside of my eyebrow close to my eye, which is pretty rare. The good thing is that the procedure to remove it is fairly simple. You can either have it drained (they shove a needle into it and squeeze out what looks like thick puss from a zit. Only downside to this method is you have a 73% chance of it coming back) or have an outpatient procedure done where they cut it out. Some doctors, like mine, will just do it in their office.

As for the pain, if it IS a ganglion cyst, the pain is probably coming from it being in an area where it's allowed to cause pressure on the joint. Mine being in an area where it was pretty much just allowed to grow, I never experienced any pain.
Answered: Sat, 26 Mar 2011
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