Conditions & Treatments

Mucous Cysts

What are

Mucous Cysts?

Mucous cysts are tiny, fluid-filled sacs that are found in the fingers. Commonly associated with osteoarthritis, mucous cysts typically develop in people between the ages of 50 and 70. They can be found somewhere in between the base of the fingernail and the final joint of the finger.

Mucous cysts are a type of ganglion cyst.

About Ganglion Cysts

Signs &


While mucous cysts form underneath the skin, they can be seen and felt from the surface; a groove in the fingernail can be seen on top of the cyst. Some people may experience pain or discomfort from a mucous cyst.

Mucous cysts are usually found in those who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. While there isn’t a known reason as to how or why mucous cysts form, one possibility is that they are created once connective tissue wears away.

As tissue is worn away, collagen — the main structural protein found in the skin — is hypothesized to accumulate, resulting in the creation of the mucous cysts.

About Osteoarthritis

Evaluation &


If a mucous cyst is bothersome, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Arora at a southeast Michigan location nearest to you.

Dr. Arora will closely examine your fingers, inquire about the history of the concern, and possibly recommend an X-ray of the area for further evaluation. He and the team of medical professionals at Arora Hand Surgery will then help you determine the best treatment for you.

Dr. Avery Arora is a board-certified surgeon who offers patients his unparalleled expertise in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery and rehabilitation in West Bloomfield, Howell, Warren, and Macomb Township.

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