Article Text

PDF
Letter
Is carpal tunnel syndrome overdiagnosed?
  1. Jørgen Riis Jepsen
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jørgen Riis Jepsen, Department of Occupational Medicine, Sydvestjysk Sygehus Esbjerg, Østergade 81-83, DK-6700 Esbjerg, Denmark; joergen.riis.jepsen{at}svs.regionsyddanmark.dk

Statistics from Altmetric.com

While carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is perceived frequently as work-related in the USA, European researchers are less convinced about its association with physical workplace exposures.1 A recent cross-sectional study by Burt et al on risk factors for CTS2 based on a well-described exposure assessment and diagnostic consensus criteria3 found dominant hand CTS in 11.9% of the study population.

I invite readers for a discussion about the nature of the many alleged cases of CTS in this and other studies. I question the applied diagnostic criteria and suspect ailments other than CTS in some workers …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.