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Is it possible for trigger finger in the thumb to be related to carpal tunnel release?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but not likely
It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release.
Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms.

In brief: Yes, but not likely
It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release.
Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Todd Guyette
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
If the diagnosis is truly trigger thumb then it is unlikely to be related to the carpal tunnel release.
The only possibility is that the routine swelling seen after ctr might have caused swelling around the thumb flexor tendon to start the triggering. In those cases the trigger tends to resolve as swelling subsides.

In brief: No
If the diagnosis is truly trigger thumb then it is unlikely to be related to the carpal tunnel release.
The only possibility is that the routine swelling seen after ctr might have caused swelling around the thumb flexor tendon to start the triggering. In those cases the trigger tends to resolve as swelling subsides.
Dr. Todd Guyette
Dr. Todd Guyette
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Unlikely
Trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome are often associated with one another. While surgery can incite inflammation and symptoms of trigger finger, the conditions may arise simultaneously quite by coincidence.

In brief: Unlikely
Trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome are often associated with one another. While surgery can incite inflammation and symptoms of trigger finger, the conditions may arise simultaneously quite by coincidence.
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin
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