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Rev Prat. 2013 Nov;63(9):1247-52.

[Hand infections].

[Article in French]

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Service de chirurgie orthop├ędique, HIA Clermont-Tonnerre, 29240 Brest Cedex 09, France.
Service de chirurgie orthopedique et traumatologique - SOS Mains, CHU de la Cavale Blanche, 29609 Brest Cedex, France.


Superficial and deep hand infections are frequent in general medical practice. Clinical examination is a crucial step for an adapted provided care. Most of the time, surgery is the only way to heal infections. However, in some cases (like bites), empiric antibiotherapy is first indicated to limit infection. Staphyloccocus aureus as well as Group Beta Streptococcus are the most frequently pathogenes associated with hand infections. Methicillin resistant S. Aureus must always be considered in the diagnoses. Whatever treatment is provided, clinical assessement must be repeated within two days. An early adaquated treatment prevent functional complications and in some cases death of the patients.

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