Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Emergency Medicine Follow-up

Updated: Sep 08, 2016
  • Author: Jeffrey G Norvell, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Perform EMG and nerve conduction studies to help confirm the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Complications

Complications include the following:

  • Chronic hand pain
  • Chronic hand weakness and numbness
  • Chronic disability
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Prognosis

Prognosis is excellent with definitive therapy.

CTS during pregnancy seems to be less severe than idiopathic CTS and has milder course with fewer cases requiring surgical treatment.

Risks factors for poorer-than-average prognosis include the following:

  • Advanced disease
  • Atypical symptoms (normal nerve conduction studies, symptoms in fifth digit)
  • Longer symptom duration
  • Older age
  • Coexisting disease (diabetes, other peripheral neuropathy)
  • Heavy manual occupation

Despite treatment, some patients may have residual fingertip numbness.

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Patient Education

For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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