The most common tumor of the hand is actually a ganglion cyst. The most common location of a ganglion cyst in the hand is at the dorsal aspect of the wrist. The common site of origin for the stalk of a dorsal wrist ganglion is the dorsal aspect of the scapholunate interosseous ligament (Fig. 6–1). Ganglion cysts can also be commonly seen at the dorsal radial or dorsal ulnar aspect of the DIP joints of the fingers. This is sometimes called a mucinous cyst and is most often associated with osteoarthritis. Treatment of these mucinous cysts, which can result in thinning of the overlying skin and deformity of the nail, can include cyst excision, joint debridement, and skin coverage or, alternatively, arthrodesis of the DIP joint.


Median Nerve Fibrous Dysplasia Giant Cell Tumor Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Ganglion Cyst 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven F. Viegas
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  1. 1.Division of Hand Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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