Carpal tunnel syndrome and routine blood chemistries


Chaplin E, Kasdan ML




Plast Reconstr Surg


A total of 110 of the 175 patients examined had symptomatic carpal tunnel syndrome. We were able to isolate 10 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and electrical evidence of an associated peripheral neuropathy from these 110 patients. We feel that patients with peripheral neuropathies probably warrant an extensive laboratory evaluation for primary and treatable disorders. In contrast, we feel patients with isolated carpal tunnel syndrome, normal ulnar latencies, and normal ankle jerk reflexes do not warrant initial erythrocyte sedimentation rates, thyroid profiles, or blood sugars unless there are other historical or physical factors that suggest a predisposition to diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, or rheumatic disorders.