35 year old male comes in with a swollen finger. Several days ago he sustained a minor cut to the volar surface of his 2nd digit. He noticed over the next few days increased swelling and redness. He has a fever on examination.Also there is tenderness to palpation over the flexor tendon and pain on passive extension of the finger
Identify this Sign.
A. Comolli’s sign
B. Kanavel’s Sign
C. McMurray’s Sign
D. Simmond’s Sign
Ans:B. Kanavel’s Sign.
The patient in question is suffering from Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis.
Kanavel’s sign’s that help diagnose the condition:
- The finger is diffusely swollen (“sausage finger”)
- The finger is held in slight flexion
- There is tenderness to palpation over the flexor tendon
- There is pain on passive extension of the finger