What is the role of palpatory testing in the evaluation of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Palpatory diagnosis

  • This test involves examining the soft tissues directly overlying the median nerve at the wrist for mechanical restriction.

  • This palpatory test has been noted to have a sensitivity of over 90% and a specificity of 75% or greater.


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