Osteomyelitis likely an issue with open finger fractures

Osteomyelitis likely an issue with open finger fractures

Infections, such as osteomyelitis, are important to take into consideration in the management of open finger fractures, according to a presenter at the Annual Hand Surgery Symposium.

“The real issue is osteomyelitis,” Randall W. Culp, MD, of the Philadelphia Hand Center, said. “Most [infections] you see in your own practices result in contracted contamination by bad injuries… and knowing how to diagnose and deal with it is important.”

According to Culp, osteomyelitis will usually present with pain, swelling and erythema, and systemic signs are rare.

Source: Healio

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