Hand & Wrist Exam
 

Wrist Swelling

 
 
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Overview

    • Look For

    • Generalised swelling over a joint, which may be unilateral, bilateral or widespread. May be associated with redness, tenderness or warmth.
    • Causes of Wrist Swelling

    • Trauma - fracture, muscle sprain or rupture, compartment syndrome
    • Musculoskeletal - osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, gout, pseudogout, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, tenosynovitis
    • Skin / soft tissue infection - cellulitis, abscess, necrotizing fasciitis, gas gangrene
    • Vascular - acute ischaemia, DVT, superficial thrombophlebitis, venous insufficiency, lymphoedema
    • Systemic - heart failure, cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, malnutrition
 
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