Protocol of outcome evaluation for surgical release of carpal tunnel syndrome

Fabio Reale*, Federica Ginanneschi, Francesco Sicurelli, Mauro Mondelli, Thomas Kretschmer, Hans Peter Richter, David G. Kline, Michel Kliot, Jason H. Huang, Eric L. Zager

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OBJECTIVE: To propose and apply a protocol for assessing the outcome of surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: The protocol included a patient questionnaire that was self-administered before and 1 and 6 months after the operation to assess severity of symptoms (Boston questionnaire) and staging according to clinical (Giannini) and electrophysiological (Padua) severity scales. RESULTS: The results of a prospective series of 323 hands undergoing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome by the mini-incision of the palm technique are reported. CONCLUSION: The method was found to be valid, precise, reliable, and straight-forward, enabling a comparison of the results from different patient series and different operating techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Outcome
  • Protocol
  • Surgery
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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