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Orthop Clin North Am. 1996 Apr;27(2):345-54.

Carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA.


Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome should be told that it is a progressive condition that, if not treated, probably will worsen as time goes on. When release is performed properly, they have an excellent chance for substantial improvement, although some always may have a degree of residual numbness at the fingertips. Initial relief of pain is rapid, with subsequent improvement in numbness and weakness occurring more slowly. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common problem. Although there may be a distinct cause in some patients, the underlying reason for the increased bulk of synovium is not known in most. Conservative treatment gives temporary relief, but surgical release remains the most effective treatment. Complications are not common, and proper attention to details minimizes them. The results generally are excellent.

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