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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Journal of Hand Surgery

Volume 42, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages e57-e60.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2016.10.004. Copyright © American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Postoperative infection after elective arthrodesis of the interphalangeal joint is an uncommon complication often necessitating urgent debridement. We present the rare case of a female patient with a history of oral herpetic lesions, who underwent elective arthrodesis of the middle and index fingers for treatment of erosive osteoarthritis and subsequently developed a postoperative herpetic infection at the surgical site.

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