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J Orthop. 2018 Aug 16;15(3):832-836. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2018.08.010. eCollection 2018 Sep.

Cubital tunnel syndrome: Anatomy, clinical presentation, and management.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo, OH, 43614, USA.


Cubital tunnel syndrome is the second most common peripheral nerve compression seen by hand surgeons. A thorough understanding of the ulnar nerve anatomy and common sites of compression are required to determine the cause of the neuropathy and proper treatment. Recognizing the various clinical presentations of ulnar nerve compression can guide the surgeon to choose examination tests that aid in localizing the site of compression. Diagnostic studies such as radiographs and electromyography can aid in diagnosis. Conservative management with bracing is typically trialed first. Surgical decompression with or without ulnar nerve transposition is the mainstay of surgical treatment. This article provides a review of the ulnar nerve anatomy, clinical presentation, diagnostic studies, and treatment options for management of cubital tunnel syndrome.


Brachial plexus compression; Cubital tunnel syndrome; Medial epicondylectomy; Thoracic outlet syndrome; Ulnar nerve decompression

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