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Old 09-06-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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Bone cyst in scaphoid

I recently had a bone scan done to determine whether or not a bone cyst in my scaphoid bone is bad enough to operate on. It was found in 2003, when i had an episode of extreme wrist pain and presented myself to the doctor about it. At that time, the xray showed and intraosseous ganglion of the scaphoid bone.

The doctor at that time recommended observation.

I am a very active male, and it seems like everytime I start to get in shape (lifting a lot of wieght) the cyst will flare up and cause pain. Almost like it is breaking my wrist.

So I went back to a hand surgeon to see about getting this problem solved and he said he wouldn't recommend surgery without seeing if a bone scan showed something. He wasn't very clear on what exactly he was looking for in the bone scan.

My question is what exactly is he looking for? The scan was a three phase one. In each phase, there was a spot where the ganglion was. The tech told me that meant it was healing, but it was definately abnormal. Does that mean the cyst is causing fractures and structral problems and needs to be removed? Could it be cancerous?

Oh forgot to mention, there was one other spot on the same hand. In the middle finger joint. This is a new development, cause I have pain there now too. So two, "hot spots" as the tech called them, one in the scaphoid and one in the middle finger joint.


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