Which erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) findings suggest infectious flexor tenosynovitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2017
  • Author: Mark R Foster, MD, PhD, FACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Determination of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is appropriate if an infectious etiology is suspected in tenosynovitis, though the ESR is nonspecific for the disorder. Characteristics include the following:

  • The ESR typically is elevated in acute or chronic infections and may serve as a marker to follow resolution of an infection
  • The ESR may be elevated in cases of inflammatory flexor tenosynovitis (FT) as well
  • The ESR is not elevated in nonsuppurative conditions

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