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Arthroscopic Treatment of Wrist Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are the most commonly diagnosed and treated

soft tissue tumor in the hand and wrist (1). They are defined as

cyst-like masses closely associated with either joint or tendon

sheaths that contain amucinous or jellylike fluid. The occurrence

of thesemasses is greater inwomen than inmen,with a female to

male ratio ranging from 2:1 to 4:1 (2). They most commonly

present in the second to fifth decades of life (1). Ganglion cysts

may arise almost anywhere on the wrist and hand, but the

majority (60-70%) of ganglia present at the dorsum of the wrist

(1,3). The volar wrist is the second most common location of

ganglion cysts accounting for 18% to 20% (1).