What is included in the nonoperative treatment of infectious flexor tenosynovitis?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Mark R Foster, MD, PhD, FACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Prompt medical management of acute nonsuppurative flexor tenosynovitis (FT) may preclude the need for surgical intervention. Nonoperative treatment for infectious FT includes the following:

  • IV antibiotics - May be included in initial treatment if the patient presents very early with suspected infectious FT
  • Elevation - Initially, until infection is under control
  • Splinting - In "safe position"
  • Rehabilitation - ROM exercises and edema control, initiated once FT is under control

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