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J Ultrasound Med. 2018 Jan;37(1):51-68. doi: 10.1002/jum.14313. Epub 2017 Jul 14.

Sonography of Non-neoplastic Disorders of the Hand and Wrist Tendons.

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Postgraduate School in Radiodiagnostics, Università Degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Radiology Institute, Fondazione Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Policlinico San Matteo, Università Degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy.


Tendon disorders commonly cause hand and wrist disability and curtail the performance of work-related duties or routine tasks. Imaging is often needed for diagnosis, but it requires knowledge of the complex anatomic structures of the tendons of the hand and wrist as well as familiarity with related disorders. This review article aims to provide medical professionals with guidelines for the sonographic assessment of the tendons of hand and wrist and related disorders. Sonographic features of tendon disorders affecting the hand and wrist are described here, specifically: infectious tenosynovitis; tendon rupture or tearing; stenosing forms of tenosynovitis such as De Quervain disease and trigger finger; intersection syndrome; insertional tendinopathy; several forms of tendinous instability such as extensor carpi ulnaris instability, climber finger, and boxer knuckle; and tendinopathy in inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Postsurgical evaluation of the hand and wrist tendons is also discussed, including the healthy and pathologic appearances of operated tendons as well as impingement from orthopedic hardware. In conclusion, sonography is effective in assessing the tendons of the hand and wrist and related disorders and represents a valuable tool for diagnosis.


hand; musculoskeletal imaging; sonography; tendon; wrist

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