Patient Comments: Plant Thorn Synovitis - Symptoms

Question:What symptoms did you experience with plant thorn synovitis?

Comment from: hurting, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I accidentally made contact with the point of a large outside cactus plant branch and contracted plant thorn synovitis. Pain gradually escalated in the space of several hours to be barely tolerable. Some swelling started then increased overnight. It seems more swollen the 2nd day, I am taking ibuprofen for pain and ice packs for the affected hand plus elevating it.

Comment from: Stoutbrewer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

Initially the inflammation was limited to the affected finger, but after two weeks the inflammation and pain migrated to the hand and wrist with profuse edema and erythema. Within that same week the arthritis spread to my left ankle as well. No appreciable effusion in any of the affected joints except the finger. An initial diagnosis of tenosynovitis was given before a fragment of the mesquite thorn was observed on ultrasound. Indomethacin and steroids controlled the inflammation, but did little to relieve the pain.

Comment from: Carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

With plant thorn synovitis, initially my hand swelled and was red and warm and painful. Two week out, my knuckle remains somewhat swollen and tender.


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