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A 23-year-old female asked:

damaged my nerve on abductor pollicis. looks like the muscle has atrophy. is it neurogenic atrophy? can i get neurogenic atrophy on my abductor poll?

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Dr. Richard Jackson
Neurology 11 years experience
Yes: Yes atrophy happens when there is decreased innervation to the nerve or muscle damage. If you damaged the median nerve it is likely that the atrophy is neurogenic. Whether it is reversible or not depends on the type and mechanism of injury

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