What Is a Ganglion Cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a mass of tissue that is filled with a jellylike fluid. The word ganglion means knot and is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump of cells that forms below the surface of the skin.

Signs and Symptoms

A Ganglion Cyst is associated with one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • A noticeable lump often this is the only symptom experienced
  • A tingling or burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve
  • Dull pain or ache, which may indicate the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint
  • Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation between the lump and the shoe
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