Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Trigger Finger Underlying Cause

Trigger finger is caused by inflammation and thickening of the finger tendon on the palm side of the hand.

Causes of tendon inflammation in those with trigger finger include:

  • Abnormal tendon development in the womb
  • Injury to the tendon:
  • Repetitive motion of the finger

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Trigger Finger References
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