Tumors on the Hand or Finger is Treated at Mercy

The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center, orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hand conditions such as tumors. It is important to seek the expertise of an experienced surgeon when tumors appear so that they can be diagnosed and treated properly.

About the Condition

A tumor is any type of abnormal bump or mass. Tumors may or may not be cancerous. Typically tumors on the hand are not cancer. The most common tumors on the hand are ganglion cysts and giant cell tumors of the tendon sheath.

Risk factors for developing tumors on the hand include:

  • Having arthritis
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Having unhealthy nutrition
  • Participating in activities causing pressure on the hand joints
  • Being exposed to radiation
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of a tumor on the hand or fingers include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Lump
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling
  • Loss of motion

A tumor on the hand or fingers can be diagnosed by taking a medical history and conducting a physical exam. X-rays may be taken to rule out other wrist, hand or finger conditions.

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for tumors on the hand or finger include:

  • Watching for any changes
  • Performing an aspiration to drain the fluid
  • Conducting a surgical excision which is the removal of the tumor and most reliable treatment option to help prevent a reoccurrence of the tumor