Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ganglion Cyst Evaluation

The evaluation of ganglion cyst starts with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a ganglion cyst include:

  • Non-tender, soft lump under the skin:
    • Located on the wrist, top of the hand, or top of the foot
    • More than one lump may be present

The diagnosis of ganglion cyst is made during physical exam.

Tests that may be used to evaluate ganglion cyst include:

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Last Updated: Aug 29, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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