Felon Workup

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

Laboratory Studies

Perform Gram stain and culture on any fluid removed from the wound.

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Imaging Studies

Radiographs should be obtained if there is a history of penetration with a radiopaque foreign body.

Felons that are untreated, incorrectly treated, or have a prolonged course may lead to osteomyelitis. Radiographic evaluation should be performed in severe cases and in immunocompromised patients.

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