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SA Orthopaedic Journal

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GOLDSTEIN, Neal; BIDDULPH, Grant  and  LUKHELE, M. High-pressure injection injury of the thumb. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.1, pp. 63-66. ISSN 1681-150X.

High-pressure injection injuries of the hand are relatively rare but potentially devastating injuries. We highlight a clinical case that presented to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital Hand Unit. The pathophysiology of this phenomenon, as well as the risk factors associated with a poor prognosis, is discussed. Management strategies are explored after a review of the literature. This case demonstrates the results from delays in early surgical management and the lack of education about high-pressure injection injuries amongst employers, employees and primary health care physicians.

Keywords : High-pressure injection; hand; paint gun injury; occupational injury.

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