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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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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Median nerve, carpal tunnel syndrome