What is wrist lump?

A wrist lump is an abnormal protrusion or bump on the wrist. Anyone can develop wrist lumps, which are often the result of an injury, such as a blow to the wrist or overuse.

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Wrist lumps may result from inflammation (swelling), a broken bone, an infection of the wrist, a growth, such as a cyst or tumor, or a variety of other conditions. Inflammation of the wrist can occur from tendinitis, arthritis, bursitis or gout. Possible wrist injuries include sprains, strains and fractures. Growths on the wrist can be benign, such as a cyst, or cancerous, such as a tumor.

Treatment for wrist lump depends on the cause of the lump. If your wrist lump is not uncomfortable, it may not require treatment. If the wrist lump is related to inflammation, anti-inflammatory medications or steroids may help improve your symptoms. Pain medications may also help to alleviate any pain that occurs with your wrist lump. Serious cases may require surgery.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have wrist lump and serious symptoms, including paralysis of the hands or fingers; deformity of the wrist, hands or fingers; severe injury; or a high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit).

Seek prompt medical care for painful lumps on the wrist or lumps that interfere with your range of motion. If your wrist lump is persistent or causes you concern, or if you suspect a broken bone, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with wrist lump?

Wrist lump may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.... Read more about wrist lumpsymptoms


What causes wrist lump?

Wrist lump is often caused by an injury, such as blow to the wrist. It may also be related to conditions that cause swelling of the wrist, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or gout. A benign growth or tumor may also be responsible for the lump. If you have recently injured your wrist, the lump may be due to bone healing.... Read more about wrist lumpcauses

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