A Zone-II Flexor Tendon Injury Secondary to a Catfish Spine: A Case Report

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Abstract

Case:

We present the case of a 17-year-old man who sustained a delayed rupture of a zone-II flexor tendon injury in the long finger from a catfish spine, which caused local envenomization and a likely secondary bacterial infection. He underwent surgical exploration and irrigation and debridement of the finger. The flexor digitorum profundus tendon was found to be lacerated and was primarily repaired.

Conclusion:

Catfish spines can cause traumatic disruption of anatomic structures and can envenomate the area of injury, which can lead to a secondary bacterial infection. We review the literature regarding catfish spine injuries and describe a basic treatment algorithm for patients who are injured by catfish spines.

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