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Steroid injections cure trigger finger

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Just one steroid injection can cure trigger finger, according to a systematic review.

Six studies involving more than 500 patients were analysed. Between 49 per cent and 84 per cent of patients were cured after one steroid injection and 72 to 93 per cent after more than one injection.

Steroid injections were most likely to be effective in women, patients with a well defined nodule, those who had symptoms for less than four to six months, and in cases where the thumb was affected.

The procedure can be safely carried out in primary care if a tried and tested technique is used, the study authors comment.

Akhtar S, Burke FD. Study to outline the efficacy and illustrate techniques for steroid injection for trigger finger and thumb Postgrad Med J 2006;82:763-6

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