Author Affiliations: Curtis National Hand Center, Union Memorial Hospital; and Department of Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a symptom complex consisting of numbness in
the median nerve distribution, typically involving the thumb, index finger,
and middle finger. Symptoms frequently occur when performing certain tasks
requiring wrist extension, while driving, and at night. Symptoms may progress
to constant numbness in the affected nerve distribution and eventually can
result in a total lack of sensation in the thumb, index finger, middle finger,
and radial side of the ring finger, as well as loss of muscle function in
abduction and opposition of the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome has the potential
to substantially limit performance of activities of daily living for some
Wilgis EFS. Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. JAMA. 2002;288(10):1281–1282. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1281
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