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Association of diabetes mellitus with trigger finger

Author(s): Dibakar Sarkar, Taufiq Morshed and Md. Ashraful Hoque

Introduction: High blood sugar in diabetes mellitus affects all system in our body. Hyperglycemia results in many musculoskeletal manifestations involving bones, joints and per articular structures e.g. trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, charcot’s joint, etc. Trigger finger is may be associated with some risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, occupational factors, etc. All the fingers can be affected but more common in thumb, ring and middle finger. Materials and Methods: This study was performed on 103 trigger finger patients attending at OPD of 2 hospitals of Dhaka during the period of July 2017 to June 2019. This is an observational study to see the association of diabetes mellitus with trigger finger. Results: Out of 103 trigger finger patients 58 (56.31%) patients had diabetes mellitus. An almost equal percentage of male and female patients with trigger finger had diabetes mellitus. Other risk factors of trigger finger were occupation (15.53%), rheumatoid arthritis (2.83%) and idiopathic (25.24%). In this observational study, diabetes mellitus was significantly associated with trigger finger.

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