Hand Tumors and Cysts

Discovering a tumor or cyst on your hand can be upsetting, both for its unnatural appearance and for the physical discomfort it causes, but know that the vast majority of tumors and cysts can be fully removed by a skilled medical professional. 

What Are Tumors and Cysts?

A tumor or cyst is an abnormal group of cells that form in the body, causing a raised lump. It is important to note that most the hands are benign. 

Multiple types exist. Some may feel firm to the touch, while others are soft and fluid-filled. The main types of these that you’ll find on the hands include:

  • Ganglion cysts
  • Epidermal inclusion cysts
  • Giant cell tumors
  • Neuroma
  • Lipomas
  • Fibromas
  • Glomus tumors

What Causes Hand Tumors and Cysts?

Some hand tumors or cysts may appear without a known cause. However, there are conditions and lifestyle factors that contribute to the formation of cysts and tumors, including:

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Sports and activities that put strain on the hands (i.e. gymnastics)
  • Smoking
  • Arthritis
  • Radiation exposure

What Are the Symptoms?

Tumors and cysts in the hands can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Reduced range of motion in the hand
  • Weakness in the hand

How to Treat Tumors and Cysts on the Hand

The abnormal appearance and discomfort may be distressing. Thankfully, multiple treatment options are available for the hand. Consulting a doctor quickly after noticing a tumor or cysts will give you the best chance for a quick recovery. 

Prior to treatment, your doctor will examine the tumor or cyst to determine the best method of removal. You’ll likely be asked to provide your medical background to help the doctor pinpoint the type of hand tumor or cyst. An x-ray may also be performed to gather further information about the tumor or cyst. 

Most tumors or cysts on the hand typically require surgical removal. Surgery is often the most successful treatment for cyst removal because it ensures that the entire cyst is removed. The surgical removal of a hand tumor or cyst is minimally invasive and provides lasting results. 

Contact us today to speak to a member of our expert team if you have any questions.