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Orthop Clin North Am. 2016 Jul;47(3):599-607. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2016.03.005.

Acute Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Review of Current Literature.

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1
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Alabama School of Medicine, 3421 Medical Park Drive, Mobile, AL 36693, USA.
2
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Alabama School of Medicine, 3421 Medical Park Drive, Mobile, AL 36693, USA; The Orthopaedic Group, P.C, 6144 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36608, USA. Electronic address: jnickrachel@gmail.com.

Abstract

Acute carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive median nerve compression leading to loss of two-point discrimination. Most cases encountered are in the emergency department following wrist trauma and distal radius fractures. Although rare, atraumatic etiologies have been reported and diligent evaluation of these patients should be performed. If missed or neglected, irreversible damage to the median nerve may result. Once diagnosed, emergent carpal tunnel release should be performed. If performed in a timely manner outcomes are excellent, often with complete recovery.

KEYWORDS:

Acute carpal tunnel syndrome; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Median nerve; Review; Wrist trauma

PMID:
27241382
DOI:
10.1016/j.ocl.2016.03.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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