Pregnancy-related Hand and Wrist Problems



Department of Orthopedics, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran


Hand and wrist disorders are common during pregnancy. Most of these problems develop during the third trimester
when hormonal changes, fluid retention, and weight gain are maximum. This review study aimed to discuss
pregnancy-related hand and wrist problems, and provide an overview of their pathology, clinical presentations, clinical
examinations, and treatment options. Pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome and De Quervain disease are among
the most encountered disorders; however, neuralgic amyotrophy, pyogenic granuloma in hand, ligamentous laxity of
the joints, arthralgia, and exacerbation of hand and wrist arthritis are among other reported disorders during pregnancy.
Pregnancy-related hand and wrist problems may remain undertreated and reduce pregnant females’ quality of life. Nonsurgical
treatments are usually effective for pregnancy-related hand and wrist problems. In general, pregnancy-related
hand and wrist problems have a good prognosis and usually resolve after childbirth.
Level of evidence: IV


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