Document Type: Special Articles

Authors

1 Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

3 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

Abstract

Background: Stroke is the first cause of morbidity all around the world. Entrapment neuropathies are a known complication of stroke. The objective of this study is to assess the frequency of subclinical carpal tunnel syndrome in the healthy and paretic hands of stroke patients.Methods:The authors performed nerve conduction study in the first three days after admission in 39 stroke patients without subclinical carpal tunnel syndrome and 30 days after admission. Electrophysiological studies were done in both paretic and non-paretic hands. Both ulnar and median nerves were studied.Results:After one month we found subclinical carpal tunnel syndrome in 16 paretic hands and 13 healthy hands. We did not find any difference in the frequency of carpal tunnel syndrome in two sides.Conclusion:The authors suggest that simultaneous different mechanisms may act in inducing carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands of hemiparetic patients.