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A 37-year-old female asked:

Radial artery occlusion. having pain in hand. i was told that occlusion does not cause pain so why does it hurt...wrist.elbows.fingers.

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Dr. Curtis Wong
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Vascular compromise: Can cause pains but the hand has two vessels that feed it. If your fingers are pink, warm and with good refill, your other vessel is doing well and you need to consider other reasons for pains. If your vessel is inadequate, your doctor who told you had an occlusion should be helping you find a solution to that.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 39 years experience
Acute occlusion=pain: Acute occlusion of vessels does cause severe pain - prime example is a heart attack when the vessels supplying the heart get occluded. Arterial occlusions are an emergency. If a person gets a gradual occlusion and the end organ has alternate blood supply then there may not be pain associated with it. See a specilaist urgently.

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Last updated Aug 1, 2013

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