Conservative management of wrist ganglia. Aspiration versus steroid infiltration

J Hand Surg Br. 1997 Oct;22(5):636-7. doi: 10.1016/s0266-7681(97)80363-4.


Wrist ganglia were randomly allocated for conservative treatment by either aspiration or aspiration and injection of steroid. Both treatment methods had 33% success rates. Almost all ganglia which recurred after one aspiration did not resolve with further aspirations. After aspiration and explanation of the benign nature of ganglia, only a quarter of patients requested surgical treatment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Recurrence
  • Suction
  • Synovial Cyst / drug therapy
  • Synovial Cyst / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wrist*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Methylprednisolone