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Postgrad Med J. 2007 May;83(979):296-300.

Diagnosis and treatment of swellings in the hand.

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  • 1The Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, UK. saiidyhasham@hotmail.com

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  • Postgrad Med J. 2007 Nov;83(985):722.


Patients commonly present to their general practitioner with swellings of the hand. These include a variety of diagnoses with certain lesions (for example, ganglion) being more common than others. Some may even be familiar as they are often site specific. For those that are not routinely seen, or for those that look suspicious, referral to a hand surgeon is usually customary. This article aims to provide general practitioners with clear and concise information and terms of reference on the common hand swellings that they may encounter.

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