JOURNAL ARTICLE

Clinical and ultrasound features in patients with intersection syndrome or de Quervain's disease

J Sato, Y Ishii, H Noguchi
Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume 2016, 41 (2): 220-5
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UNLABELLED: We investigated the demographic characteristics of patients who were diagnosed with intersection syndrome and also investigated the dominance of the affected hand, duration of symptoms and any precipitating factor for pain of the wrist. These features were compared with patients who had de Quervain's disease. Ultrasonography was used to confirm the clinical diagnosis. Intersection syndrome occurred more frequently in men and in the dominant hand than de Quervain's disease when all the patients were compared and when peripartum women were excluded. It occurred at a younger age than de Quervain's disease only when the comparison excluded peripartum women. Patients with intersection syndrome presented with a much shorter duration of symptoms. These results were consistent with previous reports about occupational factors in intersection syndrome, and might be helpful in the understanding of epidemiological difference between the two conditions.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level 3.

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