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Impact of occupational variables in carpal tunnel syndrome.
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PMID:  11240568     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: We studied the impact of work-related factors on the outcome in patients operated for carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: The population consisted of 106 CTS patients who worked at the time of operation. We registered social and occupational data from the patients. RESULTS: Median time of sick leave was 7 weeks for the total group. Sixty-four percent reported a relationship between their work and the disease. Eighty-nine percent of the operated patients returned to their previous work after operation. CONCLUSIONS: A majority of the patients attributed the CTS-related symptoms to their occupation. Work-related factors may therefore be one possible explanation for the socioeconomical consequences of CTS. A permanent drop-out from work in more than 1 out of 10 patients after CTS treatment indicate that CTS form a substantial socioeconomical burden in the society.
S I Bekkelund; C Pierre-Jerome; T Torbergsen; T Ingebrigtsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0001-6314     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-15     Completed Date:  2001-05-17     Revised Date:  2006-08-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Tromsø University Hospital, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / economics,  pathology*,  surgery
Disabled Persons
Health Care Costs
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Sick Leave / statistics & numerical data*
Workers' Compensation

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