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Aetiology Unknown, but most probably bacterial, most probably Mycoplasma phocacerebrale, which was isolated from an epidemic of seal finger in the Baltics
Management Tetracycline; the affected digits are usually amputated once they become unusable
seal fingerA monoarticular infection of a puffy finger described in coastal Scandinavia and Canada, seen in individuals with wildlife and marine wildlife-related jobs, possibly caused by fastidious bacteria Treatment Tetracycline.
A painful cellulitic infection of a finger caused by a species of mycoplasma, sometimes occurring in arctic hunters or fishers. It is treated with tetracycline antibiotics.
See also: finger