Document Type: Case Report


1 Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

2 The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA



Pyogenic tenosynovitis is caused by hematogenous spread of infection or trauma with direct inoculation of a tendon sheath. Symptoms and clinical examination findings associated with pyogenic tenosynovitis may be confused with superficial soft tissue infections, however management plans between pyogenic tenosynovitis and superficial soft tissue infection vary significantly. In patients with pyogenic tenosynovitis, operative intervention and subsequent irrigation and debridement offer a definitive therapy. Bedside ultrasound helps clinicians inspect the involved tendon sheath and may help assisting diagnosis of pyogenic tenosynovitis. In this case report, we described three cases, where point of care ultrasound was used to assist the diagnosis of pyogenic tenosynovitis, to accelerate consultation, and to expedite operative intervention.