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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2002;26(2):172-176.
Ultrasonographic Study of Median Nerve after Carpal Tunnel Release.
Yoon, Joon Shik , Kim, Sei Joo , Park, Eun Mi
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Korea. pemez@hanmail.net
수근관 증후군의 수술 후 초음파 비교
윤준식, 김세주, 박은미
고려대학교 의과대학 재활의학과교실

To assess the median nerve compression with ultrasonography before and after the carpal tunnel release and to assess the correlation between electrophysiologic findings and ultrasonographic findings of the median nerve.

We studied 50 hands of 29 patients diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome electrophysiologically and 20 hands of 19 asymptomatic controls. We evaluated the flattening ratio and compression ratio through the short axis and long axis of the median nerve by ultrasonography before carpal tunnel release, 2 weeks and 3 months after release. The correlation of the

improvement between the eletrophysiologic findings and compression ratio was analyzed.

The compression ratio of the median nerve was decreased significantly after carpal tunnel release, compared with that before release. The decrease of the compression ratio correlated with the improvement of the electrophysiologic findings significantly.

The ultrasonography is useful to follow up the median nerve after carpal tunnel release. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2002; 26: 172-176)

Key Words: Ultrasonography, Carpal tunnel release, Electrodiagnosis, Compression ratio, Median nerve


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