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Etymology: William Osler, American-British physician, 1849-1919
tender reddish or purplish subcutaneous nodules of the soft tissue on the ends of fingers or toes, seen in subacute bacterial endocarditis and usually lasting only 1 or 2 days. The nodes represent bacterial embolisms from the infected heart valve.
Osler's nodesPainful 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).
Small, raised, reddish, tender areas associated with endocarditis, commonly found inside the fingers or toes.
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