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What are ganglion cysts?

Hi Dr Samuel, I have just found out from my daughter, that she has leaking wrist, (not that I understand that is) but she said, it is called, Ganglion Cysts. Can you please explain this to me, and is it or can it be life threatening? I have Fibromyalgia, could this be associated with her getting this problem. Your Sincerely Michelle Moke
Wed, 29 Oct 2014
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that develops near a joint or a tendon. The cyst can range from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball. This is not a serious complaint. Ganglion cysts look and feel like a smooth, soft lump under the skin. They are made up of a thick, jelly-like fluid, called synovial fluid, which surrounds joints and tendons to lubricate and cushion them during movement.
There is no need to seek medical attention unless she experiences pain, swelling or stiffness of the area. They can be removed surgically if needed.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger
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