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Carpal tunnel syndrome: The correlation between outcome, symptoms and nerve conduction study findings

Lookup NU author(s): Lynne Longstaff, Richard Milner, Dr Peter Fawcett


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A retrospective study was performed on 62 patients who had undergone carpal tunnel decompression surgery. Each patient was assessed in clinic, their case notes were reviewed and their electrophysiological results were analysed and graded according to severity. The median preoperative duration of symptoms was 2 years. No relationship was found between the nature or duration of pre-operative symptoms and the severity of the electrophysiological. impairment. Furthermore, no relationship could be identified between pre-operative nerve conduction impairment and either successful outcome of surgery (defined as complete symptom relief) or time to resolution of symptoms after surgery.

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Author(s): Longstaff L, Milner RH, O'Sullivan S, Fawcett P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Hand Surgery: British Volume

Year: 2001

Volume: 26

Issue: 5

Pages: 475-480

ISSN (print): 0266-7681

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2211

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1054/jhsb.2001.0616


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