Hand infections are commonly seen in the ED.
The range of pathology is broad and may include acute and chronic conditions.
Serious hand infections are potential liability issues and mu...
Localized edema, erythema, and pain in proximal portion of lateral nail fold
Fluctuance may be present and may extend beneath the nail margin.
Systemic signs and s...
Early paronychia/simple cellulitis without purulence present may be managed with oral antibiotics and rest:
Flexor tenosynovitis, web space abscess, palmar space infections:
All these infections require admission for IV antibiotics and drainage.
Clenched fist injury with...
Missed or delay in diagnosis
Failure to obtain history of clenched fist injury
Failure to consult surgeon promptly
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Bach HG, Steffin B,...
112.3 Candidiasis of skin and nails
681.02 Onychia and paronychia of finger
914.9 Other and unspecified superficial injury of hand(s) except finger(s) alone, infected
054.6 Herpetic whitlow
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