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Electrophysiologic Findings and Pain in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2009; 15(4): 188-193

Electrophysiologic Findings and Pain in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hava Dönmez Keklikoğlu, Ayşe İlksen Çolpak, Elif Banu Solak, Tahir Kurtuluş Yoldaş
Clinic of Neurology, Diskapi Yildirim Beyazit Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

OBJECTIVE: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is defined as median nerve entrapment within the carpal tunnel at the wrist. Pain and paresthesia are the most common presenting symptoms of the patients. In this study, our aim was to identify the association between intensity of presenting symptoms and electrophysiologic findings in patients referred to the electrophysiology laboratory with prediagnosis of CTS.
METHODS: Sixty-two consecutive patients who were referred to the electrophysiology laboratory with the diagnosis of CTS were enrolled in the study. The intensity of pain was determined by visual analog scale, the findings of Tinel-Phalen tests were assessed, and clinico-demographic findings were recorded. Nerve conduction studies were performed bilaterally in median and ulnar nerves. The severity of CTS was determined with electrophysiologic evaluation, and the association between electrophysiologic findings and symptoms were analyzed statistically.
RESULTS: Sixty-two (57 female, 5 male) patients were examined in the study. CTS was bilateral in 53 patients and unilateral in 9 patients (total 115 hands). Mean pain score was 5.78 ± 3.50. In 28 hands with a clinical diagnosis of CTS, no electrophysiologic CTS findings were found, whereas in 32 hands mild, in 41 hands moderate and in 14 hands severe findings were obtained.
CONCLUSION: According to our study, there was no statistically significant association between severity of symptoms and severity of electrophysiologic findings in CTS.

Keywords: Pain, carpal tunnel syndrome.


Hava Dönmez Keklikoğlu, Ayşe İlksen Çolpak, Elif Banu Solak, Tahir Kurtuluş Yoldaş. Electrophysiologic Findings and Pain in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Turk J Neurol. 2009; 15(4): 188-193

Corresponding Author: Hava Dönmez Keklikoğlu, Türkiye


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