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Can carpel tunnel cause fingers to swell with pain?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Not Usually swelling

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your fingers and palm, but it does not typically cause them to swell.
This swelling may be a result of inflammation or circulatory issues in the fingers themselves, whereas carpal tunnel is caused by inflammation of the median nerve that runs through your wrist. If your fingers continue to swell, see your primary care physician.

In brief: Not Usually swelling

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your fingers and palm, but it does not typically cause them to swell.
This swelling may be a result of inflammation or circulatory issues in the fingers themselves, whereas carpal tunnel is caused by inflammation of the median nerve that runs through your wrist. If your fingers continue to swell, see your primary care physician.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Christopher Henley
Pressure on the median nerve is usually caused in part by swelling of the tendon linings on the palm side of the wrist. These tendon linings can swell so much that they cause finger or wrist swelling. Sometimes the swollen tendon linings can cause other finger conditions like trigger finger, along with the numbness and pain of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. David Tuckman
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: Not typically

Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes numbness and tingling in the fingers.
It can cause burning and shooting pain.

In brief: Not typically

Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes numbness and tingling in the fingers.
It can cause burning and shooting pain.
Dr. David Tuckman
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