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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-34
Pictorial essay: Role of ultrasound in failed carpal tunnel decompression


Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, University Hospitals of Leicester, United Kingdom

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Rajesh Botchu
11 Jackson Way, Kettering, NN15 7DL
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.95401

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USG has been used for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Scarring and incomplete decompression are the main causes for persistence or recurrence of symptoms. We performed a retrospective study to assess the role of ultrasound in failed carpal tunnel decompression. Of 422 USG studies of the wrist performed at our center over the last 5 years, 14 were for failed carpal tunnel decompression. Scarring was noted in three patients, incomplete decompression in two patients, synovitis in one patient, and an anomalous muscle belly in one patient. No abnormality was detected in seven patients. We present a pictorial review of USG findings in failed carpal tunnel decompression.


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