De Quervain's tenosynovitis

Common Name(s)

De Quervain's tenosynovitis, De Quervain tenosynovitis, Blackberry thumb, Gamer's thumb

De Quervain tenosynovitis is inflammation of the tissue that connects and moves your thumb away from your fingers (tendon). This condition, also known as Blackberry thumb or gamer’s thumb, causes pain and swelling in the bottom of your thumb and the side of your wrist. There is no exact cause for de Quervain tenosynovitis, but activities that require repetitive hand or wrist movement seem to play a role. Symptoms of this condition include pain and swelling near the base of your thumb and difficulty moving your thumb and wrist.

Overuse of the wrist, direct injury to the wrist, and inflammatory arthritis can all increase the chance of developing de Quervain tenosynovitis. Risk factors include age (people between 30 and 50 years of age are more likely to develop de Quervain tenosynovitis), being a pregnant woman, and being involved in a job that requires repetitive wrist movements. If left untreated, the pain may spread to other parts of your thumb and forearm and you may have difficulty with using your hand and wrist. Your doctor will likely perform an examination along with the Finkelstein test, which involves bending your thumb onto your palm, wrapping your other fingers over your thumb, and bending your wrist toward your little finger. If this movement causes pain on the thumb side of your wrist, you likely have de Quervain tenosynovitis. Treatments include medications to reduce pain, corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or, if the symptoms are severe enough, surgery to fix the cause of the inflammation. Catching de Quervain tenosynovitis early will make recovery quicker. Contact your doctor to discuss the most current treatment options.

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The terms "De Quervain's tenosynovitis" returned 14 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Work related etiology of de Quervain's tenosynovitis: a case-control study with prospectively collected data.
 

Author(s): Stéphane Stahl, Daniel Vida, Christoph Meisner, Adelana Santos Stahl, Hans-Eberhard Schaller, Manuel Held

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The etiology of de Quervain's tenosynovitis (dQ) has been based on conflicting small case series and cohort studies lacking methodological rigor. A prospective case-control study was conducted to analyze the most common risk factors for dQ.

Last Updated: 28 May 2015

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Efficacy of acupuncture for De Quervain's tenosynovitis.
 

Author(s): Roy A Meals

Journal: J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2015 Feb;8(1):1.

 

Last Updated: 9 Feb 2015

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Surgical release of the first extensor compartment for refractory de Quervain's tenosynovitis: surgical findings and functional evaluation using DASH scores.
 

Author(s): Hyun-Joo Lee, Poong-Taek Kim, Iman Widya Aminata, Han-Pyo Hong, Jong-Pil Yoon, In-Ho Jeon

Journal: Clin Orthop Surg. 2014 Dec;6(4):405-9.

 

Few studies have evaluated surgical outcomes in patients with refractory de Quervain's disease using validated outcome measures. We assessed the clinical outcomes of dorsal release of the first extensor compartment for the treatment of de Quervain's disease using the disabilities ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2014

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The terms "De Quervain's tenosynovitis" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Corticosteroid injection for treatment of de Quervain's tenosynovitis: a pooled quantitative literature evaluation.
 

Author(s): Carlton A Richie, William W Briner

Journal: J Am Board Fam Pract. ;16(2):102-6.

 

There have been many approaches described to treat de Quervain's tenosynovitis, but no definite consensus emerges in the literature. We conducted a pooled quantitative literature evaluation to review the therapeutic studies in the English language to determine the various reported cure rates.

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2003

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Effectiveness of Astym Treatment For de Quervain's Tenosynovitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: de Quervain's Disease

 

Last Updated: 29 Nov 2016

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