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Carpal tunnel syndrome The carpal tunnel is a narrow space between the bones and the ligaments of the wrist through which the median nerve passes. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the nerve becomes compressed or inflamed. Symptoms The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:- Paraesthesiae (tingling or burning) in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and lateral ½ of the ring finger Pain or numbness in the hand, typically at night Weakness of the muscles provided by the median nerve o Lateral two lumbricals o Opponens pollicis o Abductor pollicis brevis o Flexor pollicis brevis Muscle wasting in the thenar eminence Pain in the wrist, hand or shoulder Causes Most causes of CTS are idiopathic; however any condition that narrows the carpal tunnel or produces
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Unformatted text preview: swelling of or fluid retention by the contents of the tunnel can cause CTS. Possible causes include:-• Hormonal changes • Obesity • Diabetes mellitus • Rheumatoid arthritis • Acromegaly • Hypothyroidism • Renal failure • Alcoholism • Amyloidosis • Paget's disease • Repetitive strain from typing • Use of vibrating power tools • Pregnancy Epidemiology Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone. In the UK, roughly 1 out of 20 people will suffer with CTS at some point in their life. Caucasians have a greater risk of developing CTS compared with other ethnicities. Women suffer more from CTS than men, with a ratio of 3:1 between the ages of 45–60 years. Only 10% of CTS cases are younger than 30 years....
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