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Finkelsteins Test

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Other Names

  • Finkelstein Test
  • Finkelstein's Test
  • Finkelstein's Maneuver


Finkelsteins Test
Demonstration of the Finkelstein test as originally described by Finkelstein[1]


  • The patient can be seated or standing
  • Note: Multiple descriptions of the test exist in the literature
  • Finkelstein's original description
    • The examiner grasps the patients thumb
    • They then pull in ulnar deviation and longitudinal traction
  • Commonly accepted alternative (in reality this is Eichhoffs Test)
    • The patient is asked to make a fist around their thumb with wrist in a neutral position
    • They then actively or passively apply ulnar deviation
  • Positive test
    • Pain with ulnar deviation, especially radiating up the forearm



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Goubau, J. F., et al. "The wrist hyperflexion and abduction of the thumb (WHAT) test: a more specific and sensitive test to diagnose de Quervain tenosynovitis than the Eichhoff’s Test." Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) 39.3 (2014): 286-292.
  2. Finkelstein, Harry. "Stenosing tendovaginitis at the radial styloid process." JBJS 12.3 (1930): 509-540.
Created by:
John Kiel on 24 July 2019 17:03:43
Last edited:
21 April 2023 13:34:26