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Is a lump below the wrist a symptom of a ganglion cyst?

My mother (83) has a lump on her wrist just below her thumb on the palm side (possible ganglion cyst?). It came up yesterday and caused pain and some difficulty in moving. Mobility returned and discomfort lessened today but tonight we noticed a red streak going from the lump up her arm. It is slightly above her elbow at this point. What could cause the redness? She hasn’t injured herself and doesn’t have any sores. Do we need to take her to the ER?
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

The description is quite suggestive of ganglion. Then red streaks may be due to some inflammation or unnoticed abrasions over it. It is not a serious condition and no emergency intervention is required. The treatment options are aspiration or surgical excision. You can consult an orthopedic surgeon and get evaluated.

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