Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Ganglion Cyst Keeps Returning

Friday, 05 Nov 2010 08:08 AM

Question: My wife had a ganglion cyst on her knee removed three times, but it keeps growing back. Is there a solution?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Ganglion cysts do not usually recur once they have been excised completely. Be sure that a pathological exam is performed when your ganglion is removed.

There are other ganglion-like cysts that do have a tendency to recur, especially those associated with neurofibromas.

It sounds as though it’s time to remove the ganglion and have it examined by a pathologist for cell type as well as for clear margins.

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