Radiology 193:259-62,1994. 75% of volar ganglion cysts occur in women, with most cases being between the ages of 20 to 40 years. The cyst can range from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball. 29

Typically the symptoms from a ganglion are not harmful and generally do not grow worse. 28 The condition is an important differential diagnosis in the assessment of dorsal wrist pain of unknown aetiology. An occult dorsal wrist ganglion may be quite painful and tender, even though it is smaller than other ganglions. Most often, the cyst will present at the dorsal wrist, accounting for 60-70% of all hand and wrist ganglia, and arise from the scapholunate joint. Ganglion cysts frequently develop on the back of the wrist. Non-surgical treatment is unreliable with a high recurrence rates. Clay NR, Clement DA: The treatment of dorsal wrist ganglia by radical excision. Diagnosis. These cysts will not turn into cancer. They may affect any age group; however they are more common in the twenties to forties.

Ganglion cysts are usually diagnosed clinically without the need for further laboratory or imaging studies unless other pathological processes are suspected.

These cysts will not turn into cancer. Historical factors Cysts commonly present as cosmetic concerns; however, presenting symptoms may include wrist aching (with/without activity), paraesthesia, weakness, and coolness of the hand/fingers. This type of ganglion may be overlooked during an examination; palpating with the wrist in extreme volar flexion can be helpful for detecting these cysts. Cardinal E, Buckwalter KA, Braunstein EM, Mih AD: Occult dorsal carpal ganglion: comparison of US and MR imaging.

Significantly more patients were identified with dorsal wrist pathology on MRI in the dorsal cohort (21 of 25 [84%]) than the ulnar cohort (3 of 25 [12%]) ( p < 0.001). An occult dorsal carpal ganglion is small and difficult to palpate, which differentiates it from a dorsal wrist ganglion. Ganglion cysts look and feel like a smooth lump under the skin. 2). The cyst and/or area of myxomatous degeneration should be tangentially excised using a #15 scalpel. Sixty to seventy percent of ganglion cysts are found in the dorsal aspect of the wrist. Due to the tear, joint fluid escapes and the body builds a small shell around the fluid, forming the ganglion cyst. Chen SY, Kamatani N, Kashiwazaki S: Multiple extra-articular synovial cyst formation: case report and review of the literature. Because of its dynamic capabilities and lower cost, US should be the initial imaging procedure for suspected occult dorsal carpal ganglia. Ganglion cysts are lumps that most commonly develop in the wrist. Typically the symptoms from a ganglion are not harmful and generally do not grow worse.

Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands.
CONCLUSION: MR imaging and US are equally effective in the detection of occult dorsal carpal ganglia. A ganglion cyst can also arise from the radioscaphoid or scaphotrapezial joint volarly. Ganglion cysts are usually small structures measuring 1 to 3 cm in diameter and located on the radial aspect. A ganglion cyst is a small, fluid-filled sac that grows out of the tissues surrounding a joint. They also may occur in the ankles and feet. An occult dorsal scapholunate ganglion will always manifest itself proximal to the distal 2 to 3 mm of the dorsal scapholunate ligament.
They're typically round or oval and are filled with a jelly-like fluid. Symptoms of a ganglion cyst. If a ganglion cyst is painful or interferes with function, your doctor may recommend a procedure to drain it or remove it. Because of its dynamic capabilities and lower cost, US should be the initial imaging procedure for suspected occult dorsal carpal ganglia. Its origin and pathogenesis remains enigmatic. Impingement or surrounding of the radial artery can occur during cyst development.