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Arthroscopic versus open dorsal ganglion excision: a prospective, randomized comparison of rates of recurrence and of residual pain.
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PMID:  18406949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the postoperative rates of ganglion recurrence between arthroscopic and open techniques of dorsal ganglion (DG) excision. METHODS: A total of 72 patients had either arthroscopic or open excision of a primary, simple DG by 1 of 2 senior hand surgeons. Three prospective postoperative assessments were performed. The first examination was performed at 5 to 7 days, the second at 4 to 8 weeks, and the third assessment was performed at a minimum of 1 year after surgery. Percentages of ganglion recurrence at the second and third assessments were recorded. RESULTS: Forty-one patients had arthroscopic excision, and 31 patients had open excision. Baseline patient age, gender, and surgical side were similar between the 2 groups. Recurrence of the DG at the second postoperative assessment was 1 of 41 patients in the arthroscopic group and none in the open excision group, and, after a minimum of 12 months after excision, recurrence was 3 of 28 in the arthroscopic group and 2 of 23 in the open group. CONCLUSIONS: This study compares the rates of ganglion recurrence between arthroscopic and open DG excision. Our results demonstrate that at 12 months follow-up, the rates of recurrence with arthroscopic DG excision are comparable with and not superior to those of open excision. Our results suggest that additional long-term comparative studies are needed to accurately differentiate the efficacy of open and arthroscopic techniques.
Lana Kang; Edward Akelman; Arnold-Peter C Weiss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hand surgery     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0363-5023     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Am     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-14     Completed Date:  2008-07-29     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609631     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  471-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Pain, Postoperative / epidemiology*
Prospective Studies
Synovial Cyst / surgery*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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