Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome with Doppler ultrasonography: a comparison of ultrasonographic measurements and electrophysiological severity

Kutlar N., Bayrak A. O. , Bayrak I. K. , Canbaz S. , Turker H.

NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH, vol.39, no.2, pp.126-132, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01616412.2016.1275455
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.126-132
  • Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Doppler ultrasonography, electrophysiological severity, CROSS-SECTIONAL AREA, HIGH-RESOLUTION, NERVE-CONDUCTION, POWER DOPPLER, MEDIAN NERVE, GRAY-SCALE, SONOGRAPHY, COLOR, US, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY


Introduction: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common entrapment neuropathy. Diagnosis is based on clinical history, physical examination, and electrophysiological studies. Imaging techniques are performed for difficult-to-diagnose cases because they provide information about the morphology of the median nerve. More recently, it has been shown that Doppler ultrasonography can detect increased intraneural blood flow in CTS. The aim of our study is to evaluate the relationship between the severity of CTS, hypervascularization, and cross-sectional area (CSA) to determine the diagnostic value of Doppler ultrasonography.