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Title: Are steroid injections effective for tenosynovitis of the hand?
Author: Graham, Jeffrey B.; Hulkower, Stephen D.; Bosworth, Michele; White, Elizabeth L.
Keywords: tendon sheath
de Quervain's tenosynovitis
splinting
Date: 2007-12
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 56(12) 2007: 1045-1047.
Abstract: Yes. Steroid injections are an effective first-line therapy for flexor tenosynovitis of the hand, with a number needed to treat [NNT] of 2.3 for injection of steroids and lidocaine (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on 1 prospective RCT and low- quality studies). Injection into the tendon sheath may not be critical to a successful outcome (SOR: B, based on 1 prospective uncontrolled trial).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3598

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