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my mom has carpal tunnel syndrome and her hand is swollen. is this normal?

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Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Carpal tunnel is caused by swelling in the wrist causing pressure on the median nerve. Swelling from some other reason is what often causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Well : Well carpal tunnel for one thing is associated with numbness in the hand. By numbness many people mean decreased sensation or tingling and it frequently occurs in the thumb, index and middle fingers and part of the ring finger. Weakness can occur especially in the thenar muscles, the large muscle group at the palm thumb side of your hand. Swelling in fingers can also be present.
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Swelling can be one of the causes or signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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