What is included in the medical care of digital mucous cysts (DMCs)?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Murad Alam, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medical care for digital mucous cysts (DMCs) includes the following:

  • Soaks

  • Local heat

  • Massage

  • Occlusive treatment with topical steroids and Cordran tape

  • Intralesional corticosteroids

  • Home remedies - Salves, poultices, and plasters

  • Application of heparin cream

  • Silver nitrate

  • Chemical cauterization with phenol

  • Sclerotherapy with polidocanol [9]

  • Digital compression, if the cyst is soft and located over a bony prominence

  • Striking with a large book (potential for unintended trauma)

  • X-ray therapy and radium irradiation (of historical interest only)


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