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A Case of the Swollen Finger

Author: Kayla Prokopakis, DO 
Peer Reviewer: Matthew Negaard, MD CAQ-SM
Final Editor: Alex Tomesch, MD

An 18 year-old male presents with a painful and swollen left thumb. He removed a splinter from his finger a few days ago however 2 days after removal, he began to experience edema and pain that has progressively gotten worse.

Image 1: Picture courtesy of Rosh Review [1]. 



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