Eur J Plast Surg (2011) 34:125–126 DOI 10.1007/s00238-010-0450-4 CASE REPORT An uncommon problem associated with alcohol excess: flexor sheath infection following use of alcohol hand rub Robert M. Choa & Olivier A. Branford & Andreas Naparus & Anthony P. Armstrong Received: 1 March 2010 /Accepted: 4 May 2010 /Published online: 22 May 2010 Springer-Verlag 2010 Case report washout of the affected flexor sheath. Following strict elevation, close observation and 24 h of antibiotics, her A 62-year-old right-handed female was admitted with all symptoms and signs had resolved sufficiently that surgery four of Kanavel’s cardinal signs of flexor sheath infection was not required. in her dominant little finger . She was not diabetic, had no predisposing skin conditions and had no other relevant medical history. She did not take steroids and was a non- Discussion smoker. There was no history of preceding trauma or penetrating injuries to the affected digit or palm. Both irritant and allergic contact dermatitis following One of the patient’s relatives had been admitted to the exposure to cutaneous alcohol preparations have previously intensive care unit 8 weeks previously. The patient had been described in the literature . Flexor sheath infection visited the relative on a daily
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2011
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