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De Quervain Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is de Quervain's disease?

De Quervain's disease is inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. Tendons are thick strands of tissue that connect muscles to bones.

What causes de Quervain's disease?

De Quervain's disease is usually caused by frequent, repeated movements of your thumb or wrist. For example, lifting a small child, sewing, typing, or playing the piano can cause inflammation. A direct blow to the thumb may also damage the tendon and form scar tissue. This scar tissue can keep the tendon from working properly.

What are the signs and symptoms of de Quervain's disease?

How is de Quervain's disease diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your medical history and examine you. He or she will ask you to make a fist with your thumb touching the palm of your hand. Then he or she will ask you to move your hand and wrist in certain directions. He or she will check to see if you have pain, weakness, or problems with movement. Both hands may need to be checked. You may also need any of the following:

How is de Quervain's disease treated?

How can I manage my symptoms?

What are the risks of de Quervain's disease?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care?

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