Epidemiology

Ganglions are the most common type of tumour located within the hand and wrist.[1] They are more likely to be present in females and have a female to male ratio of 3:1. The condition usually affects patients in their second to fourth decades, but can be present at any age. Dorsal ganglions account for roughly 60% to 70% of ganglion cysts, while volar wrist ganglions account for the remainder.[2] Ganglions most often originate within the wrist joint in the adult population, but occasionally may arise from the tendon sheath. Among paediatric ganglion cyst patients, females outnumber males 1.8:1 with a higher incidence of volar (1.2:1) than dorsal ganglions.[3] Patients under 13 years of age have a higher percentage of ganglions arising from the tendon sheath (33%) compared with adults.

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