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Introduction: Collar-button abscesses are deep space infections of the hand.

Case presentation: We present a case of a 66-year-old man who developed an acute collar-button abscess of the hand after a concrete bench fell onto the dorsal aspect of his hand. The hand abscess was managed successfully with intravenous antibiotics and operative intervention.

Discussion: While such infections comprise a small percentage of hand infections, insufficient or delayed treatment results in permanent hand disfiguration and dysfunction. This case highlights an uncommon dorsal-to-volar pattern of hand abscess extension.

Conclusion: Knowledge of the anatomy of the hand is essential to diagnosis and appropriate surgical management.


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International Journal of Surgery Case Reports



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medical student



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