Osler's nodes


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Osler's nodes

Painful swellings in the skin of the fingertips probably caused by disease of small blood vessels (VASCULITIS) that occur as an occasional feature of INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS. (Sir William Osler, 1849–1919, Canadian-born British physician).

Osler's nodes

Small, raised, reddish, tender areas associated with endocarditis, commonly found inside the fingers or toes.
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(23) The minor clinical criteria are: 1) fever, 2) the presence of a predisposing valvular condition, defined as a prosthetic heart valve or a valve lesion that leads to significant regurgitation or turbulence of blood flow, or intravenous drug abuse, 3) "vascular phenomenon" such as emboli to organs or the brain, hemorrhages in the mucous membranes around the eyes, 4) "immunologic phenomenon" such as glomerulonephritis, or lesions such as Roth's spots, Janeway lesions, Osler's nodes, or a positive rheumatoid factor test, 5) positive blood cultures that do not meet the strict definitions of a major criterion.