Impact of occupational variables in carpal tunnel syndrome

S. I. Bekkelund*, C. Pierre-Jerome, T. Torbergsen, T. Ingebrigtsen

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Objective - We studied the impact of work-related factors on the outcome in patients operated for carpal tunnel syndrome. Methods - The population consisted of 106 CTS patients who worked at the time of operation. We registered social and occupational data from the patients. Results - Median time of sick leave was 7 weeks for the total group. Sixty-four percent reported a relationship between their work and the disease. Eighty-nine percent of the operated patients returned to their previous work after operation. Conclusions - A majority of the patients attributed the CTS-related symptoms to their occupation. Work-related factors may therefore be one possible explanation for the socioeconomical consequences of CTS. A permanent drop-out from work in more than 1 out of 10 patients after CTS treatment indicate that CTS form a substantial socioeconomical burden in the society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • CTS
  • Epidemiology
  • Outcome


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