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Ganglions can be found in the hand and the foot. Ganglions in the hand are normally found on the back of the wrist sometimes on the front of the wrist. A ganglion looks like a small cystic swelling, it may be soft or firm to touch and is quite benign.

It is unclear what causes it and whether it originates from within a tendon sheath or the capsule of a joint. One of the likeliest theories is that trauma to the area may have resulted in the tendon sheath being damaged and the ganglion results from a split in that sheath. Treatment is not always necessary as they occasionally disappear on their own.

However if the presence of the ganglion causes pressure to be asserted over a nerve pain will arise, or damage to the nerve could result in muscle wasting. In this instance it is usually necessary to either drain the cyst or surgically remove it.

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