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Viral infections of the hand

Leung, Nicky L.; Lee, Steve K.

doi: 10.1097/BCO.0b013e3181f6bfd3
SPECIAL FOCUS: Hand & Wrist

Viral infections are uncommonly responsible for clinically significant infections of the hand. Because of their rarity, they are often misdiagnosed or treated as bacterial infections, resulting in incorrect or unnecessary treatment. Accordingly, the clinician should be familiar with their presentation and appropriate treatment. This article reviews the clinical features and current treatment of the more commonly encountered viral infections of the hand.

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY

Disclosure: Steve K. Lee has received industry support unrelated to the preparation of this manuscript from Synthes, Arthrex, Integra, Mitek, and Small Bone Innovations.

Correspondence to Steve K. Lee, MD, NYU – Hospital for Joint Diseases, 301 E. 17th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10003

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e-mail: steve.lee@nyumc.org

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