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Outcomes assessment in carpal tunnel syndrome.
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PMID:  12371039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Carpal tunnel syndrome, the most prevalent compressive neuropathy, is exceedingly common. The incidence of this condition has been estimated to be as low as 0.1% to as high as 10%. Direct medical costs related to carpal tunnel syndrome exceed $1 billion per year, with over 200,000 surgical procedures performed annually. Additionally, untold millions of dollars are spent on as-of-yet unproven ergonomic aides in attempts to prevent the condition. a survey of nearly 30,000 workers affected by carpal tunnel syndrome were reported to have lost a median of 25 work days that further adds to the cost of this condition. After spending time in any busy hand surgeon's office, one would think that an epidemic of "carpal tunnel" has erupted.
J Douglas Patterson; Barry P Simmons
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hand clinics     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0749-0712     ISO Abbreviation:  Hand Clin     Publication Date:  2002 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-09     Completed Date:  2003-02-05     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510415     Medline TA:  Hand Clin     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  359-63, viii     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hand & Upper Extremity Service, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living*
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / diagnosis*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care) / methods*

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