What is the role of the carpal compression test 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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The carpal compression test [25]

  • This test involves applying firm pressure directly over the carpal tunnel, usually with the thumbs, for up to 30 seconds to reproduce symptoms.

  • Reports indicate that this test has a sensitivity of up to 89% and a specificity of 96%.


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