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Location: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/782537-overview

Description: Felons are closed-space infections of the fingertip pulp.
Fingertip pulp is divided into numerous small compartments by vertical septa that stabilize the pad. Infection occurring within these compartments can lead to abscess formation, edema, and rapid development of increased pressure in a closed space. This increased pressure may compromise blood flow and lead to necrosis of the skin and pulp.
Synonyms and related keywords: closed-space infections, fingertip pulp, paronychias, hand infections, osteomyelitis, tenosynovitis, septic arthritis, Staphylococcus aureus, S aureus, Eikenella corrodens, E corrodens, wood splinter, minor cut, cellulitis, skin necrosis, felon, finger infection, fingertip infection
Author: Glen Vaughn, MD 2006

Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Vaughn
Institution: eMedicine
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Language: English

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Added: Thu Apr 03 2008
Last Modified: Fri Aug 07 2009