Flexor Tendon Sheath Infection of the Fingers or Hand
A flexor tendon sheath is the tube (sheath) covering
tendons located on the palm side of the fingers and hand. An infection in this
tendon sheath can be a serious problem and must be treated right away.
Injuries of the flexor tendon, such as puncture wounds, cat and dog
bites, or embedded foreign bodies, can increase the risk of a flexor tendon
infection. These infections can also occur when a
gonorrhea infection has spread throughout the body
(disseminated gonorrhea infection).
Sprains and strains, from twisted ankles to aching backs, are among the most common injuries. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments, the tough, fibrous bands of tissue that connect bones to one another at a joint. A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle tissue, commonly called a pulled muscle.
To diagnose a sprain or strain, your doctor will take a detailed medical history and do a physical exam of the affected area. X-rays can help rule out a bone fracture. In some cases, a MRI...