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A 43-year-old female asked:

i have swelling in my left arm above the wrist to my elbow and my left leg below my knee, on the right side. what could cause this? do i need to see

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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Unusual: Very unusual to have swelling in one arm and one leg. A medical exam would be needed to figure that out.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Exam needed: Swelling of the forearm is quite unusual unless there has been a recent injury causing bleeding inside the area. If no trauma then a blockage in a vein is suspected. Swelling in the lower leg could be due to poor vein valves or pheblitis. I recommend that your Physician see you for diagnosis and treatment.

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??signs??: Kids capable of waking off an injury will, they are more interested in playing & seldom stop unless something really hurts. If no obvious deformity or discoloration of the skin, you might watch it for a while & place a cool compress to help the pain & reduce the swelling. Do this only if the kid can make a fist & extend it & roll the hand back & forth. If not, get it checked now.

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