Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2)

Friday, 12th of October of 2012
Frequent pathology

 Carpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy of the median nerve, causing pain and numbness due to nerve compression at the wrist.


The main symptom of CTS is intermittent numbness of the thumb, index, middle and ring finger of the palmar area. The loss of sensation that often occurs at night, especially if kept flexed wrists during sleep. The persistence of symptoms leads to permanent nerve damage with loss of sensitivity constant, atrophy of some of the muscles.

A combination of the above symptoms, clinical findings and electrophysiological tests used by most surgeons for diagnosis. Scientifically established treatment is surgery, the goal is to divide the transverse carpal ligament in two. When the surgeon cuts through the pressure is relieved ligament to the nerve. The surgery has a high success rate, up to 90% of patients are able to return to the job after surgery.

 


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