DeQuervain tenosynovitis in pregnant and postpartum women

Obstet Gynecol. 1986 Sep;68(3):411-4. doi: 10.1097/00006250-198609000-00025.


DeQuervain tenosynovitis, which involves the abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis tendons, is much more common in women than men and is due to repetitive movements of the hand such as grasping and twisting. Housewives and persons involved in manual occupations using the hands and wrists account for most cases in previous series. In this series, six of 24 female patients (25%) were pregnant or postpartum at the time of onset. In five of the six, activities of infant care aggravated symptoms. Both pregnancy, per se, and mechanical factors appear to play a role in causing this condition.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Puerperal Disorders / therapy*
  • Sex Factors
  • Splints
  • Tenosynovitis / therapy*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal