Flexor Tendon Lacerations Workup

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Benjamin C Wood, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Jorge I de la Torre, MD, FACS  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

The use of bedside ultrasonography (US) 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 US were 100%, 95%, and 97%, respectively. Bedside US in the ED takes less time to perform than either traditional wound exploration techniques or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). [13]