Ganglia: the patient's perception

J Hand Surg Br. 2000 Dec;25(6):566-7. doi: 10.1054/jhsb.2000.0504.


This study investigates the concerns of 50 patients with ganglia and their reasons for primary care consultation and referral to a hand unit. Although a minority of patients sought advice and treatment because of pain, more (38%) were concerned about the cosmetic appearance and a significant number (28%) were concerned that their ganglion was a malignant growth. The general practitioners referred 70% of patients to the hand clinic for "excision of the ganglion" and 30% for further "advice and treatment". However, 74% of patients were satisfied with aspiration of the ganglion and general advice.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Fingers*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Synovial Cyst / psychology*
  • Wrist*