"Baby wrist": MRI of an overuse syndrome in mothers

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004 Mar;182(3):719-24. doi: 10.2214/ajr.182.3.1820719.


Objective: The purpose of our study was to describe the MRI findings and interesting clinical aspects of a postpartum overuse syndrome of the wrist and thumb, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, or "baby wrist."

Conclusion: Mothers may experience a wrist and thumb overuse syndrome, which can be diagnosed by MRI with an increase in size and low signal intensity on both T1- and T2-weighting, in and around the first dorsal tendon sheath compartment of the wrist.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / complications
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant Care
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Mothers
  • Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Puerperal Disorders / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Tenosynovitis / diagnosis*
  • Tenosynovitis / etiology
  • Thumb*
  • Wrist*