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Infant With Red Swollen Index Finger

Infant With Red Swollen Index Finger

THE CASE: A 12-month-old infant is brought to your office for evaluation of a red, swollen left index finger, which her parents first noted the prior evening. The mother denies any known trauma or recent illness. She tells you that the infant is slightly fussy and is not taking her bottle as well as usual. What are your concerns as you inspect this infant’s hand?

•Herpetic whitlow

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