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My knuckle has a growth/knot on it making it hard to get my

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My knuckle has a growth/knot on it making it hard to get my wedding ring on/off. Has grown in last three years.
What might this be?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 10 years ago.


-What is the size & shape of the "knot"?

-Does it stick up [above the skin surface], or is it BELOW the skin?

Please note that your well-thought out responses to these questions will

greatly assist me in narrowing down the possible diagnoses, so I can reply to you

with more accurate and helpful medical advice.

Thanks, --Dr. Steve, Your Online Family Doctor

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Steve's Post: Hi,
It's below the skin, on the right side of my knuckle.
At first I thought it was just another fun side of aging but not now.
It's no larger than half a caper. Hurts when I try to remove or put on my rings.
Thanks for answering.
Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 10 years ago.


This is most likely a small:

Ganglion Cyst [often occurs on fingers or wrist].

See detail link:

As the link states--proper treatment is either:

  • Needle aspiration, OR
  • Surgical excision

Since it's impeding your wedding ring, I suggest you to see an Orthopedic surgeon--who can do the proper treatment to get rid of the cyst.

Good luck.

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