What are potential complications of corticosteroid injection for trigger finger (TF)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Satishchandra Kale, MD, MBBS, MBA, MCh(Orth), FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Tr&Orth); Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Answer

Potential complications of corticosteroid injection include the following:

  • Infection - The use of sterile technique can minimize this problem
  • Bleeding
  • Weakening of the tendon
  • Fat atrophy occurring locally at the injection site
  • Nerve infiltration and subsequent nerve injury - This complication is uncommon; it can be monitored by assessing sensation throughout the affected digit

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