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Multiple myxoid cysts secondary to occupation


  • Conflict of interest: none declared.

Dr Maureen Connolly, Bristol Dermatology Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW, UK.


We report the case of a 50-year-old woman who presented with eight digital myxoid cysts (DMCs) involving the fingers of both hands. They developed within 12 months of the patient starting a job that involved pushing a garment into an embroidery mould, thus exerting a downward force on the fingertips. The pressure exerted from this force could have potentially damaged the joint synovial capsule, leading to rupture and loss of synovial gel, thus inducing myxoid cysts. This case suggests that DMCs may be related to occupation, and to our knowledge, this is only the second reported case of occupationally induced DMCs.