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Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis of the hand following human bites


The spectrum of radiographic abnormalities accompanying bone and joint infection that results from human bites of the hand is presented in an analyis of 13 patients. Features include mono-articular involvement, predilection for a metacarpophalangeal joint, soft tissue swelling, joint space narrowing, bone erosions and periostitis. Magnification techniques may be required for early and accurate diagnosis.

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Resnick, D., Pineda, C.J., Weisman, M.H. et al. Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis of the hand following human bites. Skeletal Radiol 14, 263–266 (1985).

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Key words

  • Bite, human
  • Hand, infection
  • Bone, infection