Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010 , Vol 56 , Num 4

Intermittent Mycobacterium Avium Tenosynovitis of the Flexor Tendon of the Second Finger: A Case Report

Nural Albayrak Aydın 1 ,Meral Bayramoğlu 2 ,Kamil Yazıcıoğlu 3 ,Uğur Bozlar 4
1 Güven Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, Ankara, Turkey
2 Güven Hastanesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Departmanı, Ankara, Türkiye
3 Gülhane Askeri Tıp Akademisi Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri Rehabilitasyon Merkezi, Ankara
4 Visart Görüntüleme Merkezi, Ankara, Türkiye
DOI : 10.4274/tftr.56.201

Tenosynovitis secondary to nontuberculous mycobacterium is seen rarely in an immunocompetent host. The flexor tendons of the fingers, wrist and forearm are frequently affected sites. Mycobacterial infection must be included in the differential diagnosis of chronic swelling of the wrist and fingers in order to prevent inappropriate surgery. In this case report, we present a patient complaining of intermittent attacks of tenosynovitis who received multiple synovectomy operations due to misdiagnosis and mistreatment.

Keywords : Mycobacterium avium, tenosynovitis