An Association Between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraine Headaches

National Health Interview Survey, 2010

Huay-Zong Law, MD; Bardia Amirlak, MD; Jonathan Cheng, MD; Douglas M. Sammer, MD


Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015;3(3):E333 

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In conclusion, this study demonstrates an association between carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine headache, independent of numerous risk factors and comorbidities. This association suggests the possibility, although not demonstrated in this study, of a common systemic or neurologic risk factor. In addition, migraine headache may be an early warning sign of an increased risk of future carpal tunnel syndrome. Further studies—including genetic and longitudinal studies with physician verification of diagnoses—are needed to further define the relationship between carpal tunnel and migraine headache.