Hand Infections.


Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Health System, 1E Kent Ridge Road, Level 11, Singapore 119228, Singapore. Electronic address: [Email]


Hand infections can lead to debilitating and permanent disability, particularly if they are not treated promptly or properly. The unique anatomy of the hand, with its numerous enclosed and confined spaces, warrants special considerations. For instance, infections in deep spaces of the hand may require surgical drainage despite an appropriate course of antimicrobial treatment. Thorough history and examination are crucial in guiding further investigations and management, particularly because there are numerous mimickers of hand infections, such as gout and pseudogout.