Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 78, Issue 4, pp 338–338 | Cite as

Comparative Study of Recurrence and Complications Using Various Sclerosants by Single Dart Technique in Treatment of Ganglion Cysts

  • Shirol S SEmail author
  • Harini B S
  • Nagarajrao Sanu
  • Mohammed Mansoor Ahmed
Letter to Editor


Steroid Recurrence Rate Hyaluronic Acid Triamcinolone Hyaluronidase 
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We read with a lot of interest the article published in your esteemed journal titled “Comparative study of recurrence and complications using various sclerosants by single dart technique in treatment of ganglion cysts” [1]. We would like to congratulate the authors for the excellent results with minimal recurrence rate. Ganglions are very common soft tissue swelling of the wrist and hand, which could be asymptomatic or present with aesthetic concerns or pain. The treatment described varies from reassurance, aspiration, intra-lesional sclerosants, steroids, hyaluronidase, threading, and surgical excision. However, the ganglions are notoriously known for recurrence. The recurrence rate reported varies with each published literature and with each modality ranging from 0 to 94 % [2]. Becker suggested the use of steroid injection in treating ganglion, with an 87 % resolution rate, based on the initial theory that chronic inflammatory may take part in the pathogenesis of ganglion; however, the subsequently published literature was with variable results [3]. Here, the title of the article published mentions it as recurrence and complications with various sclerosants, which is contrary to the action of steroids; the steroids act as anti-inflammatory agents, whereas sclerosants act by inducing inflammation and fibrosis. Hyaluronidase is a naturally occurring enzyme which depolymerizes hyaluronic acid, a viscous substance abundantly present in a mucinous ganglion with variable recurrence reported; again, a point of note is that it is not a sclerosant.

Since both triamcinolone and hyaluronidase do not belong to a group of sclerotherapeutic agents, the article title seems to be inappropriate and misleading for the readers. Hence, we suggest that the article title should be interpreted as “Comparative study of recurrence and complications using various agents by single dart technique in treatment of ganglion cysts” which is more scientific.


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  1. 1.
    Chatterjee S, Basu A, Gupta S, Biswas S (2014) Comparative study of recurrence and complications using various sclerosants by single dart technique in treatment of ganglion cysts. Indian J Surg 76(5):350–353CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Becker WF (1953) Hydrocortisone therapy in ganglia. Indusi Med 22:555–557Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Suen M, Fung B, Lung CP (2013) Treatment of ganglion cysts. ISRN Orthop 28:2013Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shirol S S
    • 2
    Email author
  • Harini B S
    • 1
  • Nagarajrao Sanu
    • 2
  • Mohammed Mansoor Ahmed
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryKarnataka Institute of Medical SciencesHubliIndia
  2. 2.Sampige Superspecialty ClinicOpp. Vasan Eye Care HospitalHubliIndia

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