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Lumps in the hand are relatively common and usually benign in nature. They can arise from any of the tissues found in the hand. Ganglions, giant cell tumours (GCT) and epidermoid cysts are some examples. Ganglions are found in relation to joints or tendons and the majority arise on the back of the wrist. Ganglions can also arise in the front of the wrist and over the back of the distal finger tip, where they can disrupt the growth of the nail.


If they do not cause pain or discomfort ganglions of the hand can be left alone and may resolve of their own accord. If they are symptomatic surgical excision can be performed.

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