Conditions & Treatments

Lumps and Bumps on the Skin

Lumps and Bumps on the

Wrists or Hands

More often than not, lumps and bumps on the wrists or hands are harmless. However, it’s important to make an appointment to see our hand surgeon in order to rule out the possibility that a cyst or tumor is malignant. Once that happens, you can continue with other treatment options to remove or minimize the appearance of the formation.

If you have a suspicious lump or bump on your skin that doesn’t seem to heal, don’t take any chances. Call the Arora Hand Surgery office in Macomb, Howell, Warren, or West Bloomfield for a consultation with Dr. Avery Arora.


Ganglion cysts are lumps of skin that often appear on the top of the wrist, the palm, the base of the finger, and the top of the joint of the finger. They appear as raised balloons under the skin and are filled with fluid.

These typically harmless cysts tend to come and go as they please, but there are treatment options.

About Ganglion Cysts



The word “tumor” is considered a scary term because people automatically associate it with a cancer diagnosis. However, the fact of the matter is that any skin bump is called a tumor, and most are completely harmless. In addition to ganglion cysts, some of the most common tumors of the hand are known as “giant cell tumor of tendon sheath” and “epidermal inclusion cysts.”

Giant Cell Tumor of Tendon Sheath

Unlike the fluid-filled ganglion cysts, these tumors are made of solid mass and have little flexibility to the touch.

Epidermal Inclusion Cyst

If one of the lower layers of the skin is punctured, it goes into the same healing process as the main layer of skin. Keratin is produced as a cover for the skin and continues being produced even after the skin has healed. This keratin builds up and turns into a harmless tumor on the finger.

These tumors may be unsightly and annoying when they occur, but they are almost always harmless and cancer-free.



Cancer of the hand and wrist is uncommon, but possible. When it does occur, it’s usually one of the three types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, or melanoma.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

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My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

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