What is the role of surgical drainage in the treatment of tenosynovitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2017
  • Author: Mark R Foster, MD, PhD, FACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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The indication for surgical drainage includes history and physical examination consistent with acute or chronic FT. In certain circumstances when acute FT presents within the first 24 hours of infection development, medical management may initially be used. Prompt improvement of symptoms and physical findings must follow within the ensuing 12 hours; otherwise, surgical intervention is necessary.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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