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There is probably no way to prevent this condition; however, early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent many of the complications.
Persons with casts need to be made aware of the risk of swelling. They should see their health care provider or go to the emergency room if pain under the cast increases despite pain medicines and raising the area.
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