Comparison of Interpolation Methods in the Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Alcan V., ZİNNUROĞLU M. , KARATAŞ G. K. , Bodofsky E.

BALKAN MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.35, no.5, pp.378-383, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/balkanmedj.2017.1314
  • Title of Journal : BALKAN MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.378-383


Background: Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is based on clinical symptoms, examination findings, and electrodiagnostic studies. For carpal tunnel syndrome, the most useful of these are nerve conduction studies. However, nerve conduction studie can result in ambiguous or false-negative results, particularly for mild carpal tunnel syndrome. Increasing the number of nerve conduction studie tests improves accuracy but also increases time, cost, and discomfort. To improve accuracy without additional testing, the terminal latency index and residual latency are additional calculations that can be performed using the minimum number of tests. Recently, the median sensory-ulnar motor latency difference was devised as another way to improve diagnostic accuracy for mild carpal tunnel syndrome.