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Swollen thumb. What tests should be done?

hello Doc, My name is yvonne and my nephew finally got admitted to the hospita for his thumb being so swollen. I would like to know what question I should ask and what kind of test they should do. They have even taken his skin off in the past . This has been about his 7th time it has happen within two years. He is sixteen years old and weighs about 350 pounds. I am woundering if nutrition plays a role or his amune system in some way is attacking itself. thank you doc. please advice if possible
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Feb 2014
Welcome to the forum.
According to your description , pain and swelling over your hand, wrist and forearm seems to be inflammatory in nature.
I advice you to give you rest to the part affected, take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin 1 tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain and inflammation and consult your doctor for thorough examination and rule out any infective cause.
Tests (also known medically as Investigations) include X-rays, scans, blood tests and particularly in the hand electrical tests (known as EMGs or Neurophysiology). These may be used to help make or confirm a diagnosis after a patient has described their symptoms and been examined.
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Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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