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Numb spot on the hand

06/21/2001

Question:

I have recently noticed a numb spot on my right hand between the first and second knuckles. It starts in the web area between my pointer and middle fingers and extends into the area between the knuckles. I have had an xray of the area to rule out a nerve tumor. Could such numbness be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome? I do use a computer much of the day.

Answer:

This does not sound like carpal tunnel syndrome as this usually presents with numbness on the palm aspect of the hand. There is a small sensory branch of the radial nerve that runs near the surface of the skin on the backside of the wrist and hand that may have been injured or may have a ganglion near the nerve.

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Response by:

Mark   Goddard, MD Mark Goddard, MD
Chairman and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehab.
Drake Center
University of Cincinnati