De Quervain Tenosynovitis Workup

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Roy A Meals, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Workup

Radiography

Although the thickened first dorsal compartment can be bony hard, the thickening is made up of fascia and tendon. Radiographs are negative and are not necessary for routine diagnosis. However, it should be emphasized that radiographs should be obtained to rule out other conditions that may be responsible for the patient's pain.

Radiographs may be helpful in differentiating the patient who has de Quervain tenosynovitis from one who has osteoarthritis at the thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint or who is suffering from both conditions.