Flexor Tendon Lacerations Workup

Updated: Aug 17, 2016
  • Author: Benjamin C Wood, MD; Chief Editor: Jorge I de la Torre, MD, FACS  more...
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Imaging Studies

The use of bedside ultrasonography in the emergency department (ED) is more sensitive and specific than physical examination for detecting tendon lacerations. In one study, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of ultrasonography were 100%, 95%, and 97%, respectively. Bedside ultrasonography in the ED takes less time to perform than either traditional wound exploration techniques or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). [10]