Osteomyelitis of the tubular bones of the hand.


The records of 700 patients with hand infections were reviewed. Forty-six (6%) had osteomyelitis of the metacarpals or phalangeal bones. The cause was post-traumatic in 57%, postoperative in 15%, hematogenous in 13%, spread from contiguous infections in 9%, and unidentified in 6%. Twenty-two percent of the patients had vascular insufficiency and/or were… (More)


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