Acute carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) may occur concomitantly with distal radius fracture (DRF) and is often managed with carpal tunnel release (CTR). Carpal tunnel syndrome may also develop postoperatively after DRF fixation. The authors sought to determine the rate of CTS with DRF, prophylactic CTR, and postoperative development of CTS. Furthermore, they also sought to identify predictors of these. The Nationwide Inpatient Sample database was queried (2002 to 2014) to identify adult inpatients undergoing surgical fixation of DRFs. They were segregated by the presence of CTS and further stratified by the timing of CTR in relation to DRF fixation.
Kalpit N. Shah, MD; Avi D. Goodman, MD; Wesley Durand, BSc; Alan H. Daniels, MD; Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MDRead More