A prospective study of two conservative treatments for ganglia of the wrist

J Hand Surg Br. 1999 Feb;24(1):104-5. doi: 10.1016/s0266-7681(99)90051-7.


This randomized prospective study assessed whether multiple puncture of the ganglion wall improves the results of simple ganglion aspiration. We found that 32% of ganglia resolved after aspiration alone in comparison with 22% after aspiration and multiple puncture. This difference was not significant. However, only 18% of patients requested formal surgical excision, suggesting that aspiration allays fears of malignancy and allows the patient to accept a minor cosmetic embarrassment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Punctures
  • Suction
  • Synovial Cyst / therapy*
  • Wrist*