A surface ultrastructure study of ganglia and digital mucous cysts

R T Loder, J H Robinson, W T Jackson, D J Allen
Journal of Hand Surgery 1988, 13 (5): 758-62
Three digital mucous cysts and three dorsal wrist ganglia were studied by light and scanning electron microscopy. Both exhibited the same findings, namely a porous network of collagenous fibers forming the wall and a fibrillated inner surface composed of a random arrangement of collagen fibers. An intermittent thin membrane was observed on the inner surface, but no evidence of a cellular lining was apparent. This anatomic study lends support to a shared cause.

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