The Finkelstein test is a clinical test used to assess the presence of De Quervain's tenosynovitis in people with wrist pain. It is perfomed by grasping the patients thumb and deviating the hand in the ulnar direction. If a sharp pain occurs along the distal radius this is considered to make de Quervain's tenosynovitis likely. Possible mimics include carpometacarpal arthritis, intersection syndrome, and scaphoid fractures 1.
History and etymology
It is names after Harry Finkelstein (1865-1939), an American surgeon who first described it in 1930.
- 1. Pandey T, Slaughter AJ, Reynolds KA, Jambhekar K, David RM, Hasan SA. Clinical orthopedic examination findings in the upper extremity: correlation with imaging studies and diagnostic efficacy. Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. 34 (2): e24-40. doi:10.1148/rg.342125061 - Pubmed