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Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Ganglion Cyst
Signs and Symptoms

The vast majority of ganglion cysts arise as small, painless bumps ranging from 1 to 3 cm in size. Most have a firm or rubbery consistency. Occasionally, the cysts cause symptoms. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain: Typically, the pain is dull and persistent and gets worse at the extremes of wrist motion. More frequently, pain is associated with dorsal ganglion and smaller ganglion size.
  • Weakness: Sometimes, a ganglion cyst puts pressure on the nerves that pass near the joint. This may weaken hand strength, affect joint motion or cause tingling in the fingers, hand or forearm.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.