Need Info on GANGLION CYST( Bible Cyst)?

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I have a 5 year old son who has had a ganglion cyst on his wrist since he was 4. Its about the size of a fifty cent piece. He says it doesn't hurt him. Despite that I still notified his PCP. He told me to wait 6 months and see if it would go down, but instead it got bigger. So I was referred to a surgeon, who also told me to wait an additional 6 months and if its still there he would remove it. Well on the 24 of June my husband and I took him in to have it drained. Guess what its back. I am currently reseaching this. Now my question is would you continue to let your child go through these procedures, if the cyst doesn't hurt him and or threaten his life. Also does anyone have any info on ganglion cyst(bible cyst).

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Angelique - posted on 07/31/2011

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My 6 year old had one for over a year. My pediatrician told me not to worry about t. It would probably go away. Non threatening cyst. After reading your post I checked her wrist and it is gone.

Manndi - posted on 08/02/2011

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When I was in high school, I had ganglion cysts - one in each wrist. I had them drained twice and have never had any problems with them since. My doctor said that when I put pressure on my wrists (doing push-ups, etc) then they could return. They never hurt, just annoying knowing that they were there. To drain them, they took a needle and sucked the fluid out. They did deaden the area first. It wasn't extremely painful, just stung a little.

K. - posted on 07/31/2011

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All I know about them is that they can often come back (as in your son's case) and they aren't harmful to his health or limbs. I wouldn't keep putting him through it. If it doesn't stop him from writing and it doesn't bother him, leave it be. If later in life it hasn't gone away and he wants it removed, try again. If you keep taking him back and forth to the Dr.'s OFC for something like this he may become afraid of the Doctor's altogether.

Rebecca - posted on 08/03/2011

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Hi LaTisha,
I have had a ganglion cyst on the top of my hand for as long as I can remember. I have never had any treatment for it because it generally does not hurt....it does get bigger from time to time when I use my hand for fine activities like writing and things but there has been very little pain involved. As an adult it seems to be smaller than it used to be and hurts even less. I would say that if your son is not in pain and it does not bother him, that you should just leave it..I am not sure it is worth all the procedures just to remove something that is harmless. Maybe when he is older he can decide for himself what he wants to do about it. Good luck.

Cindy - posted on 08/02/2011

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I have a ganglion cyst on the inside of my wrist at the base of my hand. I have had it for around 10+ years. The only time it hurt was when it pushed through the tendons in my wrist and it "flares up" very rarely, it is not large though. The doctor said he didn't want to remove it due to the proximity to my nerves, tendons and major vein in my wrist. While your son's is still growing, he says it doesn't hurt him or bother him so I would leave it alone until it does. If it becomes large enough to cause problems, discomfort or just an eye sore, maybe check into having it removed.
I think you are on the right track with not putting him through unnecessary procedures that do cause pain, discomfort and possible scarring, without permanently eliminating the problem. Just let it ride until it becomes a problem.

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Vicki - posted on 07/31/2011

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My son had a ganglion cyst on his wrist when he was about 13. The doctor assured us it was harmless, however it used to really bother him and got quite sore, so we ended up having it surgically cut out. It was quite a minor operation and once it healed, which took around 4 weeks, he never had another problem with it - he is now 32. My recommendation would be to ask a surgeon to remove it completely to avoid your son needing repeated draining. If it stays there, I feel that it will end up causing him pain - my son's was removed under general anaesthetic, although it was such a short procedure he was not asleep for very long, so very little risk involved and an excellent outcome. Good luck!

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Thanks Ladies, we go back to see the surgeon in Sept. there we will discuss what needs to be done so it will not come back.

Jane - posted on 07/22/2011

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I have a couple of small ones where my fingers meet the palm of my hand. They bother me only when I carry something heavy with a handle, like a suitcase. They are so small that no one can see them, but they also really don't want to operate as the risk of damaging something is too high. But large ones are relatively easy to remove.

If it does keep coming back and it starts to bother him, then surgery is the only cure. With surgery, the recurrence rate is reduced to 5 to 10% if the check valve at the joint capsule is removed. Arthroscopy of the wrist is the least invasive way available, but they also do it as an open excision.

If it doesn't bother him then I would leave it be. If it does become bothersome, then I would look at getting arthroscopic surgery from a good hand surgeon.

If he gets involved in sports and has to wear gloves or wrist guards it might be a good time to do something about it as it could become irritated. OTOH, once he is in school if he gets bullies about that also might be a good time for surgery.

Chairty - posted on 07/22/2011

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I am 35 years old and have a ganglion cyst in my right wrist. I have had it since I was in high school and just recently has started to bother me. I was told that it could be drained but b/c the pocket is still in there it will continue to fill back up. I have been told that you can pop them with a large book, hence the Bible cyst. But the only way to make sure it is gone for good is to remove it completely. I am a chicken so I have decided unless the pain gets really bad I will live with it. Good luck with your son.

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