Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 24th 2017 Contents when they encroach onto the back of
the wrist; sometimes they give the ap-
pearance of a fracture. If carpal bossing
persists for a long time, it sometimes
causes long-term damage to the area.
Taking anti-inflammatory pain med-
ications and wearing a wrist splint for
certain activities can help you man-
age better if you're experiencing pain;
treatments include steroid injection
and undergoing surgery to remove
The bottom line
Regardless of what kind of growth
on the wrist you think you may have,
it's imperative to get it checked out,
not only to ascertain whether there's
a more serious problem, but also to
figure out as quickly as possible how
you can manage or treat your condition.
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Finding bumps or lumps on your wrist can be
frightening or puzzling. What do they signify?
Are they cancerous?
Ganglion cysts are the most common mass or lump
in the hand. A ganglion rises out of a joint, like a bal-
loon on a stalk. It grows out of the tissues surrounding
a joint, such as ligaments, tendon sheaths, and joint
linings. Inside the balloon is a thick, slippery fluid,
similar to the fluid that lubricates your joints. They
are not cancerous and, in most cases, are harmless.
They occur in various locations, including both the
top and underside of the wrist, as well as the end joint
of a finger, and at the base of a finger. They vary in
size, and in many cases, grow larger with increased
wrist activity. With rest, the lump typically becomes
smaller. These fluid-filled cysts can quickly appear,
disappear, and change size.
It is not known what triggers the formation of a
ganglion. They are most common in younger people
between the ages of 15 and 40 years, and women are
more likely to be affected than men. These cysts are
also common among gymnasts, who repeatedly apply
stress to the wrist.
Ganglion cysts that develop at the end joint of a
finger---also known as mucous cysts---are typically
associated with arthritis in the finger joint, and are
more common in women between the ages of 40 and
Many ganglion cysts do not require treatment.
However, if the cyst is painful, interferes with func-
tion, or has an unacceptable appearance, there are
several treatment options available.
It's very rare for a cancer to emerge from the bones
or ligaments of the wrist; if the growth emerging from
deep tissue in your wrist is cancerous, it's most likely
a result of metastasis from a different kind of cancer
in the body, most commonly lung cancer. However, a
growth on the skin of the wrist could be melanoma,
or skin cancer.
You should always get a wrist growth checked out.
Doing so could rule out the possibility of cancer, giv-
ing you more peace of mind, and also address any
problems caused by the growth if it looks unsightly
or interferes with your wrist functioning.
What are some non-cancerous growths that may
crop up from the interior of the wrist or the base of
The most common kind of growth originating in
the wrist, and in the hands, is a ganglion cyst. They're
full of fluid and generally small, growing out of joints
and tendons sheaths; the fluid that fills them, in fact,
is the same kind that's found lubricating your wrist
joints and the interior of the sheath that surrounds
the tendons in the wrist.
Usually, these cysts are painless and go away on
their own. On the occasions when they are painful,
it's usually because they're pressing on a nerve; they
may also impede wrist movement. A simple surgery
may get rid of the ganglion cyst while also reducing
the chances of re-occurence, and there are also a few
nonsurgical treatments you can discuss with your
physician. As of now, there's no clear way to prevent
the formation of these cysts, because it's unclear how
they originate; it's possible that they arise after some
kind of trauma or repetitive stress in the wrist.
Giant Cell Tumor of the Tendon Sheath
These masses can show up in the hands, as well as
the wrists, slowly growing out of the tendon sheath.
They aren't filled with fluid, and they can become
painful. On the plus side, they're usually removed
easily by a simple surgery, though they may also re-oc-
cur afterwards. Though it's not clear why they arise,
some think they originate because of physical trauma
to the affected area.
These bony growths crop up at the base of the
back of the hands, at or near the junction with the
wrists. They may cause pain or irritation, particularly
Ganglion cycts are often harmless.
What are wrist cysts?
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