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An Introduction to Ganglion Ankle Cyst (Benign)

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on June 29, 2011 - 5:00 am (2753 views — 365 words)

Ganglion refers to a benign cyst fluid filled jelly-like substance, which develops on or under the skin surface; it is usually common in people with ages of 20-40 years old.

The wrists and the hands are the common sites for ganglion cyst but, sometimes a ganglion ankle cyst develops. The runners and athletes are prone to have this. Sprains and strains in the ankle could irritate and tear the membrane covering the tendon thus causing fluid to leak into the sac that inflames and forms a cyst. The internal ganglion causes the pain, soreness, and dullness on the affected area. When the ganglion cyst can cause nerve pressure to its membrane, that's the time the person will be experiencing the symptoms.

Ganglion ankle cyst is painless, but movement impairment can be felt. Bending or flexing could cause some discomfort.

Diagnosis is typically done by means of physical examination any several imaging studies such as an ultrasound, x-ray, and MRI or magnetic resonance imaging. The fluid in the cyst is taken out and sent to the laboratory for examination.

Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) are mostly prescribed by doctors to manage pain caused by the cyst. Also, the doctors inject steroids and local anesthetics to lessen inflammation and severe pain. Surgical procedure for ganglion ankle cyst is performed in the operating room or in the outpatient facility. This is the most effective form of cyst removal. The condition could come back if the entire ganglion cyst is not eradicated.

The patient might bathe or shower, but he must cover the surgical site with a dry bandage for 2-3 days after surgical operation. If ever the patient my feel comfortable to proceed to their daily routine, he may do so.

The possible complications after a ganglion ankle cyst surgical procedure would include severe inflammation, bleeding, infection, headache, dizziness, painful sensation. It is uncommon that the patient may have calcification and hardening of the cyst.

Prevention is considered to be the most excellent thing to do. One good factor in preventing ganglion ankle cyst formation is to engage in exercises like jogging, jumping, and running, which could add up in the flexibility and strength of the muscle.