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A 23-year-old female asked:

can i die from neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury of puncture wound?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Gutow
Hand Surgery 31 years experience
Need to treat wound: You will not die from the muscle atrophy from a nerve injury to the thenar (thumb) muscles. However, you do need to be sure to treat the acute puncture wound so as not to develop an infection which could be dangerous and has a very low risk of being fatal. If this is an acute recent injury you should seek medical care.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
No, not a threat: No, you cannot die of thenar atrophy, even if it is due to a puncture wound.

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