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I have a lump on the top of my hand, like maybe a bone that sticks out. I was wondering what it was and if this is common?

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Lumps or bumps on the hand are not rare and most of the times they are harmless growth under the skin. More than 50%  of these lumps are the ganglion cysts that form around the joints or tendons in the hand or wrist. However, from your description it seems that the growth on your hand has a solid appearance. There are various causes for a bony lump, one of them being the carpal boss. This is not a tumour, but an overgrowth of bone on the back of the hand that's similar to a bone spur. It may be misdiagnosed as a ganglion cyst, but a carpal boss is more firm and unable to be moved.

I would suggest you consult your doctor so he can diagnose the lump on your hand which may involve further investigations such as X ray, MRI scan or blood tests. Pending on the findings, they will advise you on any treatment if required at all.
I hope this info helps.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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