Definition: A specific, usually self-limiting, cellulitis of the hand caused by Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae; appears as a dusky erythema with diamondlike configuration of the skin at the site of a wound sustained in handling fish or meat and may become generalized, with plaques of erythema and bullae, and occasionally, severe toxemia.
Synonym(s): blubber finger, crab hand, pseudoerysipelas, seal fingers, whale fingers
[G. erysipelas + eidos, resemblance]
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