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Swollen Palms



I have not done any stressful activities and I woke up with the palm of my hands on the lower fleshy area(on the side of the thumb) hurting. It is a bit swollen and the veins show more than usual. It`s not the first time this happens. What can this be?

Thank you


You could have a tendonitis or tenosynovitis (inflammation of the joint in that area). Alternatively, other rare conditions may cause these symptoms. Seeing a rheumatologist may be indicated.

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Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University