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A nonsurgical method of treating a
ganglion is to drain the fluid from (aspirate) the
Your doctor can do this in the office using the
Treating a ganglion by draining the fluid with a needle may not
work because the ganglion sac remains intact and can fill
again, causing the ganglion to return. For this reason, your doctor may puncture the sac with the needle 3 or 4 times so the
sac will collapse completely. Even then, the ganglion is likely to
Infection after draining the ganglion fluid is a
possible complication of this procedure.
Ganglions on the wrist may return in up to 9 out of 10 people using
nonsurgical treatment, such as aspiration.footnote 1
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Ganglion of the wrist and hand.
In JF Sarwark, ed., Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 4th ed., pp. 488–492. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHerbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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