What happens if a ganglion cyst is left untreated?

In many cases, a ganglion cyst will not cause any serious problems if left untreated. However, in some cases, the cyst can grow in size and cause pain, discomfort, or functional problems. In rare cases, the cyst can press on a nerve and cause nerve damage or loss of sensation in the affected area.

Additionally, if the cyst is located near a joint, it can limit joint movement and lead to joint stiffness. In some cases, the cyst can also rupture and cause inflammation or infection.

If you have a ganglion cyst that is causing pain, discomfort, or functional problems, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Even if the cyst is not causing any problems, it is still important to have it monitored by a healthcare provider to ensure that it does not grow or become more problematic over time.