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Ganglion cyst of bone

Topic Completed: 1 June 2005

Revised: 3 January 2019

Copyright: (c) 2003-2019,, Inc.

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Uncommon
  • Within bone, but close to a joint space at ends of long bones; often in distal tibia or proximal humerus
  • May be an extension of soft tissue ganglion
Radiology images

Intraosseous ganglion

  • Simple curettage
Gross description
  • Cyst surrounded by condensed bone, often multiloculated with gelatinous content and fibrous tissue wall
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Cystic space with no epithelial lining
  • May be filled with mucoid material or foamy macrophages
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