Patient Comments: Plant Thorn Synovitis - Symptoms & Signs


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Comment from: JC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

Yesterday I was cutting blackberries without gloves. A small branch released by a cut sprang out and thwacked me on the index finger knuckle making a dent/hole, but leaving no obvious thorn. This morning I woke up with swelling, stiffness, ache, and reduced range of motion in that finger. I thought “this feels like arthritis,” but I’d never heard of an instant arthritis before. Found this plant thorn synovitis while googling what it meant. It improved today and seems silly to go to the doctor for a pinprick! Hope I will not regret not going immediately.

Comment from: Nia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I was pricked by a thorn from a sago palm in Lowe’s. I took the thorn out and four hours later my finger started throbbing and turned red with the swelling from plant thorn synovitis.

Comment from: Mac M, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I was planting a sago palm today and wore gloves but think the top of my left hand got pricked by the plant. The top of hand is red and itching, concerned about synovitis.

Comment from: Kcassano, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I was cutting the palms out of a 25 ft. tall palm tree with a pole saw. I had gloves and a long sleeve shirt on and cut a palm that fell and stuck through my left hand glove. I shook my hand as a reaction to the stick and the tip of the thorn broke off in the Y below my thumb and pointer finger. Within 5 minutes my hand had swollen and I was in a lot of pain. It was swollen and sore with shooting pains, and arthritic for several weeks after and still hurts. There is a painful knot on top of my hand now from plant thorn synovitis.

Comment from: Rob, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I cut my finger with thorn on November 26, 2014. I had severe swelling and pain for several days. Now the inflammation has settled below knuckle and joint on the right middle finger. X-ray and blood work taken ten days ago, all negative. It is still swollen and very painful.

Comment from: Wbert93, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 17

Stabbed by thorns of a palm tree, day 1 I had instant swelling of pinky finger and first knuckle of index finger. I had throbbing pain and swelling with stiffness of the joints affected. Day two pinky is still swollen and now red. Knuckle on index finger is swollen and red. Stiffness and pain seem to be better but the areas stung by thorn continue to be swollen and red. This is the second time in a year I have had this plant thorn synovitis happen, both times with gloves on.

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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