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De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

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by Polsdorfer R

(De Quervain’s Syndrome; De Quervain’s Disease; Washerwoman’s Sprain)

 

Definition

De Quervain's tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the sheaths of the tendons (tenosynovium) that move the thumb away from the hand. It is technically referred to as a stenosing tenosynovitis. Both the tendons and their surrounding tissue sheaths are involved in the area where the tendon has to go through a small tunnel of bony and fibrous tissue at the wrist. The inflamed tenosynovium becomes painful at the tunnel area.
De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
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RESOURCES

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
http://orthoinfo.org

American College of Sports Medicine
http://acsm.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Association
http://www.coa-aco.org

Canadian Physiotherapy Association
http://www.physiotherapy.ca

 

References


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Corticosteroid injection for treatment of de Quervain's tenosynovitis: a pooled quantitative literature evaluation. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2003;16(2):102-106.


de Quervain syndrome. Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal%5Fand%5Fconnective%5Ftissue%5Fdisorders/hand%5Fdisorders/de%5Fquervain%5Fsyndrome.html. Updated March 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.


de Quervian tendinitis (de Quervian tendinosis). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00007. Updated December 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.


de Quervain tenosynovitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 10, 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.


Johnson CA. Occurrence of de Quervain's disease in postpartum women—pain and tenderness in wrist. J Fam Pract. 1991 Mar;32(3):325-327.

 

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