Foreign bodies in the hand in children

James Louis Becton, Joe D. Christian

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Foreign bodies in the hand in children are best managed when the surgeon has a well-organized approach to the total problem. The procedure of restraining a child, infiltrating the wound with local anesthetic, and probing the wound deep in the hand on the day of injury to remove the foreign body is discouraged. A detailed examination of the hand for cut tendons and nerves should be done. The initial treatment should be thorough cleaning of the skin, application of compresses wet with Bunnell’s hand solution, systemic antibiotics, and tetanus prophylaxis. The foreign body is removed, as an elective surgical procedure, only if there is evidence of infection or persistent pain or both. Six weeks after all evidence of infection has cleared appropriate reconstructive procedures can be done.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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Foreign Bodies
Hand
Wounds and Injuries
Elective Surgical Procedures
Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Tetanus
Local Anesthetics
Infection
Tendons
Pain
Skin
Therapeutics

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Foreign bodies in the hand in children. / Becton, James Louis; Christian, Joe D.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 70, No. 2, 01.01.1977, p. 147-149.

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Becton, James Louis ; Christian, Joe D. / Foreign bodies in the hand in children. In: Southern Medical Journal. 1977 ; Vol. 70, No. 2. pp. 147-149.
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