Ulnar neuropathy at the wrist in a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome after open carpal tunnel release

Nack Hwan Kim, Dong Hwee Kim

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    Abstract

    Ulnar neuropathy at the wrist is rarely reported as complications of carpal tunnel release. Since it can sometimes be confused with recurrent median neuropathy at the wrist or ulnar neuropathy at the elbow, an electrodiagnostic study is useful for detecting the lesion in detail. We present a case of a 51-year-old woman with a two-week history of right ulnar palm and 5 th digit tingling sensation that began 3 months after open carpal tunnel release surgery of the right hand. Electrodiagnostic tests such as segmental nerve conduction studies of the ulnar nerve at the wrist were useful for localization of the lesion, and ultrasonography helped to confi rm the presence of the lesion. After conservative management, patient symptoms were progressively relieved. Combined electrodiagnostic studies and ultrasonography may be helpful for diagnosing and detecting ulnar neuropathies of the wrist following carpal tunnel release surgery.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)291-296
    Number of pages6
    JournalAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr

    Keywords

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Open carpal tunnel release
    • Ulnar neuropathy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rehabilitation

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