Original Publication - Kanavel Signs

Mar 27, 2022 3 min read
Original Publication - Kanavel Signs

This 1912 publication by Allen B Kanavel provided a standardised method to diagnose flexor tenosynovitis.

Original Publication:

Infections of the hand: a guide to the surgical treatment of acute and chronic suppurative processes in the fingers, hand, and forearm.
Kanavel, Allen B. 1912

In the early 1900s, Allen B Kanavel (1874-1938) wrote a masterpiece on infections of the hand. A 6-volume collection just on infections. Pretty impressive. The cardinal signs of flexor tenosynovitis were first described in this work. They have stood the test of time.

This journal club will look at the key points of the publication and the current literature over 100 years since its first publication.

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