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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1996;20(4):5.
A Study of Occupational History in Idiopathic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Jin Ho Kim, M.D., Tai Ryoon Han, M.D., Kyeong Hyo Choi, M.D., Kisung Yoon, M.D. , Kyeong Woo Lee, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine
원발성 수근관 증후군 환자의 직업력에 대한 고찰
김진호, 한태륜, 최경효, 윤기성, 이경우
서울대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the occupational history of patients with idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome and its contribution to the development of the disease.

We reviewed medical records of 160 patients who were diagnosed as having unilateral or bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome by electrodiagnostic study at Seoul National University Hospital 1991 to 1994. Among those whose etiology were considered to be idiopathic, we interviewed 79 patients and evaluated the occupational history.

The summary of the results is as follows:

1) Of the 71 women with idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome, 31% had occupation or prior occupational history and most said their occupations made them use their hands more severely than those of housewives.

3) There were no difference in symptom severity between patients with and without occupational history but patients with occupational history had showed tendency to have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and significantly longer symptom duration.

4) Age at the time of diagnosis showed no difference, but age of symptom onset were significantly lower in patients with occupational history in spite of their relatively lesser burden from housework than those without.

We concluded that occupation had some contribution to the development of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome and shortened the time period to develop symptom in women.

Key Words: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Idiopathic, Etiology, Occupation


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