Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of tenosynovitis?

Updated: Nov 22, 2019
  • Author: Mark R Foster, MD, PhD, FACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Inflammatory (nonsuppurative) flexor tenosynovitis (FT)
  • Herpetic whitlow
  • Pyarthrosis
  • Gout
  • Pseudogout
  • Dactylitis
  • Phalanx fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Sesamoiditis and angiolipoma - Both found in case reports masquerading as FT
  • Hand infections
  • Hand injury, high pressure
  • Hand injury, soft tissue
  • Knee injury, soft tissue
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Subcutaneous abscess

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