November 25, 2015
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (cont.)

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What are complications of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Complications of carpal tunnel syndrome are uncommon but include atrophy and weakness of the muscles at the base of the thumb in the palm of the hand. This can be a permanent complication if not corrected early enough. This can lead to lack of dexterity of the affected fingers.

What is the prognosis for carpal tunnel syndrome?

The outlook is generally excellent as carpal tunnel syndrome usually responds to the conservative measures reviewed above. Sometimes surgical operation is necessary, and residual weakness can occur.

Which specialists are involved in the care of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be evaluated and treated by general physicians, including family practitioners, general practitioners, internists, as well as by orthopedists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and physiatrists.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


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Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 6th Ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders, 2001.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/18/2015


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