What is the role of genetics in the etiology 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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Genetics

  • A strong family susceptibility exists and is probably related to multiple inherited characteristics (eg, square wrist, thickened transverse ligament, stature).

  • A number of inherited medical conditions also are associated with CTS (eg, diabetes, thyroid disease, hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies).


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