Reasons for the appearance of bumps and bumps on the hands and wrists.


Many things can cause bumps and bumps to form on your hands and wrists. In some cases, the growths can be visible and physically aggravating. In other cases, they may not be felt or not noticeable at all. The causes of these growths are varied: from benign cysts to rare cancers of bone, cartilage and soft tissue.

Diagnosis can often be made by physical examination of the tumor, as well as imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs when necessary. A definitive diagnosis may require an evaluation by a pathologist of tissue samples obtained by biopsy or surgical removal of the tumor.

Common masses of hands or wrists

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When diagnosing a mass in the arm or wrist, the doctor usually examines the most common causes first, usually benign growths, cysts, and tumors. The most common causes include the following conditions.

Ganglion cysts

Ganglion cysts   they are considered the most likely suspects and account for approximately 50% of all abnormal growths on the hands and wrists. Cysts can also form sacs in the membrane that lines the tendon or the joints of the joints, which we call mucous cysts.

Giant cell tendon sheath tumor

Giant cell tendon sheath tumor is not true   a swelling, but rather a mass arising from a tendon sheath (vagina) or a joint ( synovium ).

Giant cell tendon sheath tumors tend to grow slowly and can often be extremely painful. The problem with these masses is that they are easily removed but often come back .

Inclusion cysts

Inclusion cysts are benign growths caused by injury to a hand or finger, often developing years after injury. The inclusion of a cyst occurs when a penetrating wound, such as a deep cut, pushes superficial cells into the deeper layers of a hand or finger. These cells, considered foreign, are encapsulated by the immune system and gradually increase in size over time .

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The carpal tubercle is an overgrowth of bone on the back of the hand that looks like a bone spur. Basically, it is a small area of osteoarthritis that occurs at the junction of the bones of the long arm and the small bones of the wrist .

Although a wrist cyst is often misdiagnosed as a ganglion cyst, it is invariably harder and more fixed in place. Unlike a cyst, you cannot move it or feel a "kick" when you press on it.


Enchondroma a benign tumor that develops when cartilage grows within bone.   An enchondroma can become a problem if the tumor weakens the bone, increasing the risk of a pathological fracture. Enchondromas are mostly benign, and only about 1 percent of tumors turn into cancer .

Cancer of the hands or wrists.

When cancer develops under the skin of the hand or wrist, it is most often due to cancer that has spread (metastasized) from the tumor to another part of the body, most often to the lungs. The hand and wrist are not common places for cancer to spread, but it is possible.

Although cancer rarely occurs in the hands or wrists, in rare cases, tumors form in the bone or cartilage of the hand. These cancers are called sarcomas and account for less than 1% of all solid tumor malignancies in adults .

In contrast, one in five children with cancer will have sarcoma. They develop predominantly in soft tissues (such as fat and muscle), although about 10 percent are found in the bones of the hands or wrists.

It is not entirely clear what causes sarcoma. Family history and exposure to chemicals or radiation are known to play a role. In most cases, the reason is not clear.

These cancers are serious problems that often require invasive treatment and long-term care. When there is a concern about a sarcoma, it is important to fully evaluate the condition.

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The vast majority of bumps and bumps on the arm and wrist are minor symptoms of a minor illness. However, there are situations that can be more worrying. While these bumps and bumps can most often be controlled with simple treatments, there are times when they are signs of a more serious problem.

It is worth asking your doctor to look for an unusual mass on your arm. If all goes well, some simple treatments can help relieve symptoms.

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