Factors that may increase your risk of ganglion cysts include:

  • Your sex and age. Although ganglion cysts can develop in anyone, they most commonly occur in women between the ages of 20 and 30.
  • Osteoarthritis. People who have wear-and-tear arthritis in the finger joints closest to their fingernails are at higher risk of developing ganglion cysts near those joints.
  • Joint or tendon injury. Joints or tendons that have been injured in the past are more likely to develop ganglion cysts in the future.
Jan. 08, 2013