Recurrent infection in the left thumb
- 246 Downloads
Infections of the hand may be associated with lymphangitis and lymphadenitis. In most cases, bacterial infections are responsible but these may be also due to viral infections.
Material and Methods
We describe a clinical case of a recurrent infection in the left thumb of a health male. Bacterial and viral cultures were performed.
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2 was isolated on viral culture and on direct fluorescent antibody testing; so, the final diagnosis was herpetic whitlow.
Herpetic whitlow should be considered in cases of recurrent finger infections.
KeywordsWhitlow Herpes simplex virus type 2 HSV-2 Lymphangitis
Conflict of interest