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FINGER TEST FOR NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

FINGER TEST FOR NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

A patient presents with a deep muscle abscess. Is this necrotizing fasciitis? All too often I see the deliberation focus on things like the laboratory score or the imaging. The role of those things are being debated but what is beyond debate is to have the bedside skills for recognizing necrotizing infections.   Childers in 2001 and 2002 described the finger test as a diagnostic intervention at the bedside. It does not get enough attention. The instructions are to make…

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