Acute lymphangitis

Yu‐Lin Tai and Chien‐Yu Lin
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51448
Published online: 4 April 2022

A 7‐year‐old girl presented to the emergency department with fever and right forearm redness. Physical examination revealed a traumatic wound on her right fourth finger, tender erythema of the affected finger (Figure, red arrow), dorsum of the hand, and a linear red streak extending to the elbow (Figure, white arrows), with one palpable tender supratrochlear lymph node (1 × 1 cm). The range of motion of the finger was limited. Staphylococcus aureus infection was confirmed by pus culture. A clinical diagnosis of acute lymphangitis — an infection of the lymphatic vessels — was made.1,2 The patient was successfully treated with oral dicloxacillin and elevation of the forearm.

  • Mackay Memorial Hospital, Hsinchu, Taiwan


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  • 1. Vindenes T, McQuillen D. Acute lymphangitis. N Engl J Med 2015; 372: 649.
  • 2. Takashima S, Ota M. Creeping lymphangitis. BMJ 2015; 351: h5416.


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