Thumb abscess with secondary osteomyelitis

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Thumb pulp swelling - pain - 1 week. History of trauma to wrist - 6 weeks ago. Diabetic patient.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Patient was referred for USG - to look for infection in thumb pulp.

Modality: Ultrasound

Collection with mobile echoes is noted involving thumb pulp.

Large erosion of palmar cortex of distal phalanx of thumb.

Interphalangeal joint is normal.

Nail plate - nail bed is normal.

Xray for more conventional way to document bony erosion.

Modality: X-ray

Erosion of distal phalanx of thumb is noted.

Case Discussion

Findings of thumb pulp abscess with secondary distal phalangeal osteomyelitis in a diabetic male patient.

Partial amputation was done.

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Case Information

rID: 37418
Case created: 8th Jun 2015
Last edited: 16th Dec 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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