Painful Swollen Muscle In Forearm

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Volkmann's contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm.

See also: Compartment syndrome

Alternative Names

Ischemic contracture

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Volkmann's contracture occurs when there is a lack of blood flow (ischemia) to the forearm. This usually occurs when there is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome.

Trauma to the arm, including a crush injury or fracture, can lead to...

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