Felon Follow-up

Updated: Sep 27, 2017
  • Author: Jarod Fox, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Splint and elevate finger.

Provide follow-up care within 2 days.

Remove packing in 2 days.

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Complications

Osteomyelitis involving the diaphysis of distal phalanx is a common complication.

The most serious complication is acute tenosynovitis, which may result from contiguous spread of infection. This is usually iatrogenic from inadvertent nicking of flexor tendon sheath with scalpel.

Other complications include skin necrosis, deformity of the fingertip, septic arthritis, and instability of the finger pad.

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Prognosis

Prognosis is excellent when treated early and appropriately.

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