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Diagnosis and treatment of swellings in the hand
  1. Saiidy Hasham,
  2. Frank D Burke
  1. The Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrSaiidy Hasham
 Flat 17 Philip Godlee Lodge, 842 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2DS, UK; saiidyhasham{at}


Patients commonly present to their general practitioner with swellings of the hand. These include a variety of diagnoses with certain lesions (for example, ganglion) being more common than others. Some may even be familiar as they are often site specific. For those that are not routinely seen, or for those that look suspicious, referral to a hand surgeon is usually customary. This article aims to provide general practitioners with clear and concise information and terms of reference on the common hand swellings that they may encounter.

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  • Patient consent for publication of the figures: All images were taken with the patients’ verbal consent for use in teaching and publication.

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