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Ann Rehabil Med. 2017 Aug;41(4):604-609. English. Original Article.
Phongamwong C , Soponprapakorn N , Kumnerddee W .
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Phramongkutklao Hospital and Phramongkutklao College of Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand.

OBJECTIVE: To establish the cutoff value of cross-sectional area (CSA) of the median nerve at the wrist, for determination of electrophysiologically moderate and severe carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS: The prospective study was conducted among patients suspected of having CTS. A total of 106 patients (185 symptomatic wrists) received nerve conduction study (NCS) and ultrasonography. To establish a cutoff value, various diagnostic properties were calculated across a range of the CSA. RESULTS: A mean±standard deviation of CSA of the median nerve of normal and mild, moderate and severe CTS was 9.4±2.1, 12.0±2.7, 13.8±4.7, and 15.4±4.1 mm², respectively. The positive relationship between CTS severities and CSA was observed (rs=0.56). A 14 mm² CSA had sufficient power to rule in moderate and severe CTS, with a specificity of 91.4% and sensitivity of 42.3%. In addition, it showed a post-test probability (positive predictive value) of 86.3% as against a pre-test probability of 56.2%. CONCLUSION: Patients who had ≥14 mm² of median nerve CSA had very high probability of moderate to severe CTS.

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