A flexor tendon sheath is the tube (sheath) covering tendons located on the palm side of the fingers and hand. An infection in this tendon sheath can be a serious problem and must be treated right away.
Injuries of the flexor tendon, such as puncture wounds, cat and dog bites, or embedded foreign bodies, can increase the risk of a flexor tendon infection. These infections can also occur when a gonorrhea infection has spread throughout the body (disseminated gonorrhea infection).
Symptoms of a flexor sheath infection can include:
Medical treatment may include rest, splinting, elevating the area, antibiotics, and surgery.
Last Revised: November 4, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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