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Digital Pressure Test

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Other Names

  • Digital Pressure Test


Paronychia of right index finger, at presentation[1]
  • To evaluate for the presence of an abscess in a suspected paronychia


Digital pressure test performed showing blanching of the skin overlying the abscess cavity.[1]
  • Provider asks the patient to oppose the thumb and affected finger
  • Thereby applying light pressure over the distal volar aspect of the affected digit
  • Positive test
    • A well demarcated area of blanching over the abscess



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Turkmen A, Warner RM, Page RE. Digital pressure test for paronychia. Br J Plast Surg. 2004 Jan;57(1):93-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2003.10.014. PMID: 14672686.
Created by:
John Kiel on 21 February 2022 11:46:10
Last edited:
28 March 2023 13:52:49