What is the role of the Hoffman-Tinel sign in the evaluation of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Special tests - No good clinical test exists to support the diagnosis of CTS.

  • Hoffmann-Tinel sign

    • Gentle tapping over the median nerve in the carpal tunnel region elicits tingling in the nerve's distribution.

    • This sign still is commonly looked for, despite the low sensitivity and specificity.

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