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Blisters Associated With Elective Wrist Surgery

Steinberg, Tsipora; Chernofsky, Michael A.; Luria, Shai

doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000144
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Blistering of the skin has been reported after high energy trauma or arthroplasties of large joints. It is rare in wrist trauma and seldom reported following elective wrist surgery. We present three cases of skin blistering after elective wrist surgery. Two female patients aged 18 and 35 years and one male patient aged 53 years were treated with total wrist fusion, carpometacarpal fusion, and open wrist ligament repair. They reported burning pain at the blister site. The blisters were clear and treated with dressing changes. There were no infections or wound complications and all blisters resolved without sequelae. These complications were probably due to a combination of factors, including swelling, compression from dressing and splint, multiple surgical incisions, and the use of adhesive dressing. Reassurance and proper wound care are recommended for the complication of clear blistering following elective wrist surgery.

Tsipora Steinberg, RN, Hand Surgery Clinic Head Nurse, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel.

Michael A. Chernofsky, MD, Attending Hand Surgeon, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

Shai Luria, MD, Attending Hand Surgeon, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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