Drs: Is It Safe To Pop A Cyst? + Dangers Of Performing Surgery On Self

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The Doctors: Is It Safe To Pop A Cyst?

Dr. Travis Stork explained that their next segment, part of their 7 unhealthy sins episode, was inspired by an email they received from a viewer named Lorie. Lorie wrote in saying she had a cyst on the top of her finger about the size of a marble, and wanted to know if she could use a sterilized needle to pop and drain it. She included a picture of the cyst on her finger.

If you were thinking that it’s a bad idea to pop that cyst, you were right. Unhealthy sin number two was performing surgery on yourself.

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Drs: Is It Safe To Pop A Cyst? + Dangers Of Performing Surgery On Self

One viewer wrote in asking if it was okay to pop a cyst on her finger. The Doctors explained why it’s a bad idea and the potential dangers. (Rob Byron / Shutterstock.com)

The Doctors sent Lorie to see Dr. Andrew Ordon. Lorie told Dr. Ordon that she had the lump on her finger for about two years and when she first got it, it was about the size of a pea or maybe even smaller, but since then it has obviously grown. She admitted to trying to pop it herself, which Dr. Ordon explained was a bad idea because it could lead to infection.

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Dr. Ordon said that she’d had it long enough that more than likely it’s a benign cyst, but he wanted to get an x-ray of the finger. He looked at the x-ray and said everything looked good, but he wanted to take a closer look to be certain there’s no involvement of the tendon and of the bone. So he sent her in for an MRI before Dr. Ordon performed surgery of any kind.

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Dr. Ordon was then on the show with Lorie, and explained by looking at the x-ray that the cyst was primarily subcutaneous, meaning immediately below the skin. He said the x-ray showed no involvement of the bone, tendon, or joint spaces.

Like Dr. Stork said, if the cyst had been involved in the joint or bone and you tried to pop it then, there could be incredibly dangerous side effects. Dr. Ordon said hand space infections can be particularly dangerous, to the point where you could even lose a hand or a finger.

Dr. Ordon said the cyst needed to be removed surgically, the proper way. By having it removed the proper way, the chances of it coming back are very slim.

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