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Efficacy of immobilization following aspiration of carpal and digital ganglions.
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PMID:  1430949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a prospective study 69 carpal and digital ganglions were aspirated, multiply punctured, and digitally ruptured. Fifty percent of the wrists and digits were immobilized for 3 weeks and 50% were mobilized early. Follow-up was 1 year. Immobilization in our study did not significantly improve the results of treatment. During the course of the study, 51% of all ganglions did not recur. The outcome was successful in 52% of the wrists and digits that were immobilized and in 50% of those that were not. Forty-six percent of the dorsal carpal ganglions did not recur. Treatment was successful in 48% of dorsal carpal ganglions in which the wrists were immobilized and in 45% of those that were not. Similar percentages were found for palmar and digital ganglions. From our results, we conclude that immobilization does not significantly improve the successful treatment of ganglions over perforation and aspiration alone.
J Korman; R Pearl; V R Hentz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hand surgery     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0363-5023     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Am     Publication Date:  1992 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-03     Completed Date:  1992-12-03     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:  1097-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Plastic Surgery, Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara, Calif.
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MeSH Terms
California / epidemiology
Casts, Surgical / standards*
Combined Modality Therapy
Follow-Up Studies
Prospective Studies
Suction / instrumentation,  methods,  standards*
Synovial Cyst / epidemiology,  therapy*
Treatment Outcome

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