Peripheral nerve entrapment

Krista E. Weiss and Arnold-Peter C. Weiss

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Peripheral nerve entrapment

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Peripheral nerve compression syndromes are common when involving the median nerve at the wrist and the ulnar nerve at the elbow

All patients are primarily diagnosed using a careful history and clinical examination

Neurophysiological studies are very helpful especially in confusing presentations but do have a low false positive and false negative rate

Conservative management should be tried in nearly all patients for 6-12 weeks

Surgical treatment is generally very successful in relieving the symptoms of peripheral nerve compression

Delayed treatment can result in permanent nerve damage which cannot be corrected by surgery.

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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