Index finger abscess

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


H/O penetrating injury by needle - Few days. C/o pain swelling - palmer aspect of index finger. Recent Plain radiograph of hand - No bony changes. Referred for ultrasound of index finger.

Patient Data

Age: about 25 yrs
Gender: Male

About 22 x 15 x 8 mm sized hypoechoic area with central mobile echoes is noted in subcutaneous plane of  index finger. It overlies distal part of proximal phalanx, proximal interphalangeal joint and base of middle phalanx.

It is superficial to flexure tendon.
No tenosynovitis of flexure tendon.
No foreign body is noted.
Local hypervascularity is noted except in central mobile echoes.

Dynemic scan shows free tendon movement.

No pully thickening / peri-pully ganglia is noted.

Palmer plates are intact.

No joint effusion or cortical erosion is noted.

Case Discussion

Findings favor index finger abscess due to penetrating injury by needle.

I & D - Done. Pus drained.

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Case information

rID: 28745
Published: 10th Apr 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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