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doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.03.031.

Acute Hand Infections


Acute Hand Infections

Meredith Osterman et al. J Hand Surg Am. .


The continued emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the development of only a few new classes of antibiotics over the past 50 years have made the treatment of acute hand infections problematic. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important, because hand stiffness, contractures, and even amputation can result from missed diagnoses or delayed treatment. The most common site of hand infections is subcutaneous tissue and the most common mechanism is trauma. An immunocompromised state, intravenous drug abuse, diabetes mellitus, and steroid use all predispose to infections.

Keywords: Flexor tenosynovitis; MRSA; infection; necrotizing fasciitis osteomyelitis.

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    Osterman M, Draeger RW, Stern PJ. Osterman M, et al. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Dec;39(12):2550. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.10.014. Epub 2014 Nov 21. J Hand Surg Am. 2014. PMID: 25459962 No abstract available.
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    Crosswell S, Vanat Q, Jose R. Crosswell S, et al. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Dec;39(12):2550. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.10.015. Epub 2014 Nov 21. J Hand Surg Am. 2014. PMID: 25459963 No abstract available.
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    Stern PJ. Stern PJ. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Jan;40(1):192. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.08.031. J Hand Surg Am. 2015. PMID: 25534845 No abstract available.
  • Reply to "Acute hand infections".
    Neviaser RJ. Neviaser RJ. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Jan;40(1):192. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.08.032. J Hand Surg Am. 2015. PMID: 25534846 No abstract available.

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