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I've been researching dorsal wrist ganglion cysts and trying to find more information on treatment outcomes, both in terms of recurrence and incidence of complications. I found a good review article, but unfortunately I can only see the abstracts for most of its references.

My main question:

The rates for spontaneous resolution and recurrence after treatment with aspiration both appear to be near 50% (with a pretty wide variability of reported outcomes.) This suggests that it may be difficult to tell the difference between a ganglion that would've resolved on its own vs. one that was was only resolved due to aspiration. Are there any studies that attempt to address this?

Related questions:

Is there any information on the reported duration of ganglion cysts in the case that they do spontaneously resolve? I imagine this is complicated by lack of follow-up by patients when the problem goes away.

Are there any reported complications due to aspiration of dorsal ganglion cysts? I found a reference to a 5% complication rate in a referenced article from the survey (abstract here), but this was for palmar ganglia. Lacking more specific data, are there known complications for aspiration procedures in general?

  • There doesn't seem to be a question here. What are you asking? – Carey Gregory Feb 24 '16 at 21:59
  • There are a few questions, which I'm hoping are sufficiently related to warrant a single response. Do you think the question would work better if focused on one of the three questions? – Dan Bryant Feb 24 '16 at 22:01
  • I'm sorry, I didn't fully read your bullet points. Yes, one item per question is the expected format. – Carey Gregory Feb 24 '16 at 22:02

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