High Pressure Injection Injuries in the Hand
- high pressure grease and paint guns are most common cause of injury, & site of injury is often the pad od the thumb or index finger;
- severity of injury is often underestimated due to the small punctate entrance wound;
- injected substance passes rapidly thru the subcutaneous tissue and enters the flexor tendon sheath;
- from there it passes into one or more of the deep spaces of the hand;
- thumb and index finger conduct substances into thenar space;
- long, ring, and little fingers conduct injected material into the midpalmar space;
- these 2 spaces may communicate each other, & they also refer material proximally into Paron's space;
- all three spaces are deep to the profundus tendon;
- incidence: paint: 60% vs grease: 25%
- patient profile:
- young male;
- new job;
- non dominant hand (75%)
- prognostic factors:
- material injected:
- grease (fibrosis)
- paint (necrosis)
- paint causes an immediate tissue necrosis that persists if the tissues are not completely debrided;
- 3,000-10,000 psi;
- < 7,000 psi - non prognostic
- > 7,000 psi - 100% amputation
- site of injection:
- digits: tendon sheath - poor prognosis
- palm: not governed by fascial planes, better prognosis;
- opening of fingers along nonpinch, nonprotective border surfaces;
- dorsal thumb web space incision to debride the thenar space
- midpalmar incision to open the midpalmar space;
- incision may be extended proximally to include carpal tunnel;
- w/ paint gun injury, it is essential that all paint be immediately removed from the wound and especially around the digital arteries;
- in general, wounds should be left open for serial debridement;
- early amputation: consider with severe paint injection to a digit;
- consider sympathetic blocks
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Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Friday, August 3, 2012 11:38 am