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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-68

Horseshoe swelling of the hand

Department of Orthopaedics, VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India

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N A Sukesh
Department of Orthopaedics, VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi - - 682 040, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/joasis.joasis_3_21

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Flexor tenosynovitis is a common hand infection and if not addressed early with effective treatment can result in permanent disability. A horseshoe abscess is a well-known aggressive variant of flexor tendon sheath infection occurring due to the spread of infection through the interconnections between the deep spaces of the hand. Early diagnosis and prompt and effective treatment are crucial in avoiding late complications. We report a case of horseshoe swelling of the hand following a penetrating injury treated successfully by surgical debridement and closed catheter irrigation.

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