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Dr. John Fowler provides an overview on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  •  Describe the epidemiology of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  •  Review the options for non-operative treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  •  Discuss the various surgical options for carpal tunnel release and their respective risks and benefits.

Reading Resources:

  1. Bickel JH. Carpal Tunel Syndrome. J Hand Surg Am. 2010, 35:147-152
  2. Canford CS, Ho JY, Kalainov DM, Hartigan BJ. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. J Amer Acad Ortho Surg. 2007; 15:537-548 
  3. Hansen TB, Majeed HG. Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release. Hand Clin. 2014, 30:47-53
  4. Fowler JR, Gaughan JP, Ilyas AM.  The sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome: a meta-analysis. Clin Ortho Rel Res. 2011 Apr;469(4):1089-94


Dr. Fowler has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 6/30/2014 | Last Modified On: 6/30/2014 | Expires: 6/30/2015

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