Carpal tunnel syndrome

Overview

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a neuropathy caused by compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel.[1] Classical symptoms of CTS include numbness, tingling, burning, or pain in at least two of the three digits supplied by the median nerve (i.e., the thumb and the index and middle fingers).[2] The American Academy of Neurology has described diagnostic criteria that rely on a combination of symptoms and physical examination findings.[3] Other diagnostic criteria include results from electrophysiological studies.[2]