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Neurology. 1988 Jan;38(1):134-8.

Carpal tunnel syndrome in Rochester, Minnesota, 1961 to 1980.

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Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.


The incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in the population of Rochester, Minnesota, from 1961 through 1980 was determined by use of the medical records-linkage system of the Rochester Epidemiology Program Project at the Mayo Clinic; 1,016 patients (1,600 affected hands) were identified. Incidence (cases per 100,000 person-years) was 99 (crude) overall, whereas the age-adjusted rates were 52 for the men, 149 for the women, and 105 for both sexes combined. Age-adjusted incidence rates increased from 88 during the 1961 to 1965 quinquennium to 125 during the 1976 to 1980 quinquennium; these rates probably reflect better recognition rather than a true increase in incidence rates. Age-specific rates generally increased with age in men, whereas in women a peak was reached in the 45 to 54 age group.

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