What are the signs and symptoms of infectious tenosynovitis?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Mark R Foster, MD, PhD, FACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Patients with infectious FT can present at any time following a penetrating injury, with complaints of pain, redness, and fever. Physical examination reveals Kanavel signs of flexor tendon sheath infection, which are as follows:

  • Finger held in slight flexion
  • Fusiform swelling
  • Tenderness along the flexor tendon sheath
  • Pain with passive extension of the digit

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