Category Archive: Orthopedics

Dec 17 2011

Bury the Buzzword: Kanavel Signs

This buzzword deals with the diagnosis of septic flexor tenosynovitis, which can occur in a finger when the flexor tendon becomes infected. The most common cause of this infection is from an injury. The term is an eponym, named after the surgeon Allen Kanavel.

There are four different Kanavel signs. If all are exhibited in …

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