The history of carpal tunnnel syndrome

G. B. Pfeffer, R. H. Gelberman, J. H. Boyes, B. Rydevik

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most frequently diagnosed, best understood and most easily treated entrapment neuropathy. During the first half of the 20th century, however, most patients with carpal tunnel syndrome were diagnosed as having compression of either the brachial plexus or thenar nerve motor branch of the median nerve. As late as 1950, only twelve patients with operative release of the transverse carpal ligament for idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome had been reported. The delay in accurate anatomical localization of this compressive neuropathy can be attributed both to the confusion caused by the diverse manifestations of median nerve compression in the carpal tunnel, and to some interesting developments that altered early investigations in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1988
Externally publishedYes

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