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Infection

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 1203–1204 | Cite as

Recurrent infection in the left thumb

  • E. PintorEmail author
  • P. Montilla
  • P. Catalán
  • A. Burillo
  • P. Gargantilla
  • B. Herreros
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Abstract

Introduction

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.

Results

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2 was isolated on viral culture and on direct fluorescent antibody testing; so, the final diagnosis was herpetic whitlow.

Conclusions

Herpetic whitlow should be considered in cases of recurrent finger infections.

Keywords

Whitlow Herpes simplex virus type 2 HSV-2  Lymphangitis 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Pintor
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. Montilla
    • 2
  • P. Catalán
    • 2
  • A. Burillo
    • 2
  • P. Gargantilla
    • 1
  • B. Herreros
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto Especialidades MédicasUniversidad Europea de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Dpto MicrobiologíaHospital Universitario Gregorio MarañónMadridSpain

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