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A member asked about a 47-year-old female:

My mom's been having a lot of shoulder pains on her right arm followed by a swollen hand, mostly on the palm and fingers. what could it be?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amogh Sahai
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Many possibilities: First of all, I need to know whether any history of trauma. There are several conditions that can cause shoulder pain with hand swelling. One of the possibilities to consider is CRPS/RSD and this usually causes discomfort with hot or cold weather and patients wont tolerate even water from the shower falling on the hand. Other possibilities could be frozen shoulder, lymphedema. I need more info
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Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
R/O DVT: DVT=Blood Clot would cause unilateral arm pain and swelling. If your mom has this she needs prompt evaluation. A Doppler US or MRA OF RUE will define the anatomy. Other conditions to evaluate are LYMPHEDEMA/RSD(REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY). Also a full clotting W/U. She needs a prompt exam and through W/U.
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Dr. Amogh Sahai
Dr. Amogh Sahai commented
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
I agree with the dvt in the differential especially if there has been a history of immobility or hypercoagulability such as cancer or taking hormone replacement.
Mar 19, 2015
Last updated Mar 3, 2018
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