What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of paronychia?

Updated: Oct 09, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth M Billingsley, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Although imaging studies are not routinely necessary with paronychia, obtain a plain film radiograph of the fingertip if osteomyelitis is suspected because of recurrent infection, elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), or presence of risk factors for osteomyelitis.

A radiograph can also be obtained if a foreign body is suspected or the patient has a history of recent finger trauma.


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