Some conditions which are more or less similar to GANGLION are-
- Tumors: Bone tumors or other soft tissue tumor may appear as similar swelling.
- Lipoma: These are fat deposits which appear similar to Ganglion but do not contain clear fluid as in Ganglion. Light does not pass through them.
- Aneurysm: If the mass is compressible and reduces on elevation of wrist it could be venous aneurysm.
- Arthritic osteophytes/ Bone spurs: These are usually firm mass with association of arthritic conditions.
- Neurofibroma: Nerve cell tumor found on the nerve sheath.
- Giant cell tumor: Uncommon bone tumor.
- Herberden's node: Hard bony swelling on finger joints.
- Gout: Small bone joints are involved which are painful due to defective uric acid metabolism disease.
- Local Infections of joints: Local bone infections may also cause swellings.