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July 1983

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Complication of Toxic Shock Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Dr Sahs) and Internal Medicine (Dr Helms), University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City; and the Menorah Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo (Dr (DuBois).

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(7):414-415. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050070044008

• Peripheral nerve complications occurred in four patients with toxic shock syndrome. Each patient had an acute carpal tunnel syndrome develop that was verified by nerve conduction studies. Recovery was rapid in two cases, but delayed in two others. Decompressive procedures were required in only one patient, with eventual recovery. Another condition, the toxic shock syndrome, must now be added to the long list of possible causes of compression of the median nerve in the wrist.

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