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Ganglion cysts are harmless tumors, masses or lumps that occur adjacent to joints or tendons, and are most commonly found on the hands and wrists. Depending on the extent of the concurring wrist activity, these lumps are susceptible to frequently appearing, disappearing or changing in size.
Ganglion cysts grow from the tissues that surround the joints, including ligaments, sheaths and joint linings, and are filled with fluid. This fluid is similar to the fluid that lubricates the body’s joints. A majority of ganglion cysts occur in people between 20 to 40 years of age, with women being three times more likely to develop cysts than men.