de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis?

The main symptom of de Quervain's tenosynovitis is pain or tenderness at the base of your thumb. You might also feel pain going up your forearm. The pain may come on suddenly or develop slowly. It may get worse when you use your hand and thumb.

Other symptoms of de Quervain's tenosynovitis include the following:

  • Swelling near the base of your thumb
  • A fluid-filled cyst in the affected area, which may or may not bulge through your skin
  • Numbness along the back of your thumb and index finger
  • A "catching" or "snapping" feeling when you move your thumb
  • A squeaking sound as the tendons move within the swollen sheaths

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/09

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